Bike Touring Highlight
Benningen is known for the Benninger Ried.
The nature reserve Benninger Ried in the northwest of the village is a Kalkquellsumpf, which may be described as unique because of its size and conservation. It is surrounded by beautiful, flower-rich wet meadows, to the northwest of the city Memmingen and in the south adjoin the community Benningen. The special site conditions of the Benninger Ried are the prerequisite for the existence of highly threatened habitat types with a large number of rare animals and plants. The most well-known and largest rarity in the Benninger Ried is the Riednelke or crimson pastel, which occurs worldwide only here.
Originally, the source area in the north to Amendingen, and in the south beyond the current municipality of Benningen addition. With about 22 ha, the Benninger Ried today only occupies a fraction of its original area, which at the beginning of the 19th century was still 133 ha.
Already in 1939 large areas of the swamp moor were protected. In 1999, the Benninger Ried was also included in the network of protected areas "Natura 2000" due to its nationwide importance and is thus also under European protection.
To date, 87 species have been identified in the Benninger Ried that are classified as endangered, critically endangered or endangered in the national Red Lists.
August 5, 2019
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