Over the next few days, 700 sheep will be grazing at Nuremberg Airport. They are intended to keep the meadows short and create new habitats for insects.
Nuremberg – Nuremberg Airport is getting animal support. Around 700 sheep are to keep the meadows around the site short. The flock of sheep was already allowed to graze on the green areas at the airport last year. Now, however, they are to be used regularly.
A flock of sheep takes care of the meadows at Nuremberg Airport. © IMAGO/Marius Bulling
Sheep attract insects and birds: herd of animals creates new habitats
Nuremberg Airport used the sheep near the Bucher Landgraben. In exactly the same place, the 700 animals of a neighboring sheep farm are to graze for several days before they start the next shift at the airport in August and take care of the grass. The use of the flock of sheep not only helps to feed the green areas at the airport and the sheep, but also to get other animal species to the airport.
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With their work, the sheep also help to enable more biodiversity on the grounds of the airport. The biting and kicking of the sheep in the soil create different habitats in the grass. This attracts insects that are food for birds and even bats. In the near future, air passengers will not only have to admire the sheep. The military exercise "Air Defender" is to cause delays at Nuremberg Airport. However, no flights are to be cancelled.
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