The Eppendorfer Moor is particularly characterized by a diverse, richly structured moor complex. Here alternate reed reed beds, Schlankseggen-Ried, Glockenheide-Gesellschaft with pipe grass and willow-deciduous shrubbery alternate in a small space. Marsh fern and royal fern, water feather, swamp blood eye, bell heather, lung gentian and gag shrub grow here. The bog provides a habitat for many breeding bird species. In the past ten years, pygmy divers, kingfisher, gray flycatcher, green woodpecker, nuthatch and marsh tit have been identified as breeding birds: buzzards and hawks have also been sighted.Various bat species have been mapped in the area around the central pond. The Eppendorfer Moor is a richly structured habitat, especially for butterflies: in 1989, 641 species, including 78 from the Red List, were identified here. The central low moor area is a habitat for 25 different dragonfly species. There are small but stable occurrences of the rare moor frog, the grass and water frog and the common toad on site. The newt has also been observed here.At the World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, the Botanical State Institute in Hamburg received a gold medal for an exhibition on the flora of the Eppendorfer Moor. Botanical recordings of the past centuries impressively prove the former richness of the Eppendorfer Moors in moor plants and orchids. The Hamburg botanist Dreves and his Berlin colleague Hayne discovered the bog for botany in 1798. The middle sundew (Drosera intermedia) was described by Hayne as new for science, with the Eppendorfer Moor as "locus classicus" of this kind. But even today the protected area has a high status as a habitat for moor-typical animal and plant species - no other German Big city has such a centrally located nature reserve.hamburg.de/eppendorfer-moor
February 10, 2020
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