When you hear the term 'biodiversity', you might think of rainforests, big cats and ospreys. Perhaps even ancient woodlands in Poland - but heather in Schleswig-Holstein? And yet this plant is what the Kattbek Dunes project is all about, almost here on our doorstep in North Germany.
To be honest, these purple plants didn't immediately spring to mind when we began looking for a suitable project in 2010, the international Year of Biodiversity. Our aim has always been to more than merely avoid pollution - we want to take action to improve the environment. And we wanted something spectacular, not a shrub from grandma's garden. But as it turns out, the Kattbek Dunes are quite spectacular when you look at them properly. Inland dunes - there are hardly any others of this kind. Unless you were an expert, you wouldn't even recognise the partially flat layers of sand at first glance. Nevertheless, inland dunes are home to particular flora, and they are important areas for highly specialised insect species. As a result, they also provide a habitat for birds such as woodlarks, nightjars and red-backed shrikes as well as an endangered moth species known as the beautiful yellow underwing. Depending on the size of the open areas, it is also possible to find sand lizards and European adders. Plenty of reasons to get involved!