managed by J. Weidmann (Communication)
Arbeitskreis Umwelt Mombach e. V was founded in 1993. The most important objective is to care for the nature reserves, biotopes and habitats in our suburb Mainz-Mombach, in Mainz and the neighbouring areas.
Therefore, we actively maintain the biotopes, by mowing where necessary, by planting trees and creating ponds amongst other things. We work together with the relevant authorities, coordinate our activities and inform them of grievances. An major part of our work is to inform the public about important local natural resources. Through working with schools on the maintenance of biotopes we introduce pupils to the tasks and responsibilities for the conservation of nature.
We especially look after the Mainzer Sand, which is an area unique in Europe. This FFH- and EU-Bird Sanctuary is home to a lot of rare animals and plants. At the same time it is exposed to various threats, environmental and otherwise. We counteract these threats with our actions and by educating and providing information to the public.
In the river plains of the Rhine near Mainz we buy and rent abandoned farm land and transform these areas into species-rich meadows. Through the creation of ponds we provide new habitats to the amphibians living in the plains of the Rhine, for example the common and crested newt.
The meadows are also an important feeding ground for storks. In order for the storks to find enough food the meadows are mowed regularly and grazed by herds of Exmoor-Pony’s which are owned by our partner Gesellschaft für Naturschutz and Ornithologie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Furthermore we take part in the maintenance of several nature reserves in and around Mainz and its neighbouring areas. We support the maintenance of flood banks in the FFH Area Laubenheimer Ried, the nature reserve Rabenkopf in Wackernheim and others. Together with several associates as well as the pupils of the Otto Schott Gymnasium we maintain the relict area of the “Kleiner Mainzer Sand” in the Gonsbachtal between the suburbs of Mainz- Mombach and Mainz-Gonsenheim.
Another project of our organisation is the protection of swallows and swifts in our town. We give information to home owners so that they can ensure during building works or reconstruction of their homes, not to destroy the nests of these birds. In cooperation with some home owners we try to create additional nesting sites.
Unsere Storchenwiesen haben Potential. Das zeigt das Hochwasser in diesem Januar. Druckwasser steht auf vielen Flächen für mehrere Wochen. Einer unserer Teiche ist übergleaufen und flutet die Umgebung.