Excursion

Sunday, 1 July 2018, 09:00 am – 01:00 pm: Excursion to Wahner Heide

The Wahner Heide is a nature reserve on the edge of Cologne/Bonn Airport. For a long time it was used as a training area for troops – so its numerous rare habitats such as raised bogs, sand and heath areas, moor and riparian forests were spared from development and agricultural use.

Besides its importance as a breeding area for rare birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects, the Wahner Heide is especially known for its occurrence of rare plants – including some carnivores.

Our guided tour takes about two to two and a half hours and takes us to one of the last German sites of Aldrovanda vesiculosa. We will also visit the sundew deposits, a site of Utricularia australis and Aldrovanda vesiculosa.

But there are also many non-carnivorous treasures in the area: Rare orchids like the peat moss (Dactylorhiza sphagnicola) or its hybrids with the spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza × wiefelspuetziana), the pretty moor lily (Narthecium ossifragum) or the stately royal fern (Osmunda regalis).

Meeting point is in front of the President Hotel, Clemens-August-Straße 32 – 36, 53115 Bonn at 09:00 am, from where we drive together with a bus to Wahner Heide. Around 01:00 pm – in time for the further conference program – we will be back at the Botanical Garden.

The cost for bus and guided tour is 10.00 EUR. A registration is required.