Natural river courses for biodiversity

Rivers cross our land like veins, which is why we are committed to restoring as many natural river courses as possible. In this way, we want to promote the biodiversity of plants and animals.

For example, when building the new Berlin-Nuremberg line (VDE8), we created nine floodways along the river Main and sowed various native plants in them to establish vegetation. The mix of seed types contrasts with the more widespread planting of simple lawn grass, and it quickly results in an ecologically valuable biotope that enhances erosion resistance and is better able to distribute floodwater.