Last Updated on 19. March 2022 by Petra Himmel
Registration deadline for Blühpakt Bayern on March 31st
The registration deadline for the next round of the Blühpakt Bayern ends on March 31st. Golf courses from Bavaria who would like to use the free offer from the Bavarian Golf Association and the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment can easily register here .
The Blühpakt Bayern, launched in 2020, has developed into a successful model in Bavaria despite the difficult corona conditions. In the meantime, 19 golf courses have been recognized as “Blossoming Businesses” by Minister of State Thorsten Glauber for their actions to promote biodiversity. The initiative scored well with the participants above all for its unbureaucratic and easy-to-implement approach.
Practical tips for more biodiversity
The Blühpakt Bayern is all about practical tips that can be implemented quickly and easily on the system, but at the same time ensure significantly more species diversity. Participating facilities receive a free advisory visit from experts from the State Association for Bird Protection, who are specifically looking for starting points in the facility. Be it that a pile of dead wood is improved, new seeds for meadows are taught, biotope care is explained or much more. The focus is on the individual focus on each individual club.
In any case, the summary of the 19 plants that are already participating in the Bavarian Blühpakt is consistently positive. “We want to contribute to biodiversity again and pay attention to the local flora and fauna”, for example, the GC Schloß Maxlrain justifies its commitment.
The requirements for participation in the Blühpakt Bayern can be easily met for almost all golf courses
- At least 30% of the open spaces of the golf course are designed in a natural way.
In particular, this means a continuous range of flowers from spring to autumn from native plants such as biennial meadow flowers, perennials, shrubs and woody plants.
Documentation is provided for this.
- The following points should be observed when tending to the flowering meadows:
- Mowing takes place 1-3 times a year on each area.
- The respective area is mowed in sections; Parts of the area remain with each mowing as a food supply and for the development of insects.
- Clippings should be removed from areas to reduce nutrient return. First of all, the clippings must always be removed from the same area of at least 1,000 m2. The aim is to gradually increase this area.
- A care plan for carrying out the mowing is presented.
- In order to preserve breeding and wintering sites for insects, areas of the flowering meadows remain unmown over the winter.
The maintenance plan for carrying out the mowing also specifies which areas of the area will remain unmown over the winter.
- There are at least two structural aids, such as insect hotels, lying/standing deadwood, sandy areas, heaps of stones or small bodies of water suitable for insects.
- There is no extensive use of chemical pesticides.
If pesticides are used on the playing areas, there must be no wind drift; preferably used in the morning or evening.
- There is no use of peat-containing substrates in the design and maintenance of open spaces.
- Effective insect protection requires a change in awareness when dealing with nature and the dissemination of specialist knowledge. In order to explain to members, players and guests what the Blühpakt alliance and the natural design for creating habitats for insects is all about, public relations and knowledge-building measures are carried out and a description is submitted with the application.
The following courses have already been awarded the title of “Blossoming Golf Course” : GC Abenberg, GC Chieming, G&LC Regensburg, GC Feldafing, GC Gäuboden, Golfpark Gerolsbach, GC Herzogenaurach, Golfanlage Hof-Gattendorf, GC Memmingen -Gut Westerhart, GC Munich Eichenried, GC Munich -Riedhof, Munich GC Thalkirchen, GC Mangfalltal, G&LC Oberpfälzer Wald, GC Schwanhof, Golf Course Tutzing, GC Wörthsee, GC Würzburg