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Die Havel fließt entlang des Albertinenhof Havelland

Nature conservation

Orchard meadow

For several years, over 40 fruit trees have been growing in an orchard on the Albertinenhof. The apples, pears, quinces and plums create valuable living space, contribute to the preservation of old fruit varieties and are a real culinary delight.

Quinces on the Albertinenhof Havelland orchard

Midnight buffet

For the project "Species protection through environmentally friendly lighting" a flowerbed was created with annual and perennial plants, that mainly bloom at night. With their colors and scent, the plants attract moths and other nocturnal pollinator insects. Critically endangered bat species that live in our barns and trees benefit from the variety of insects.

Flowers for insects and bats

Sheep grazing

Our farm is grazed all year round with sheep, which prevents the area from becoming overgrown again and important nutrients revitalize the soil life. In a rotating grazing system, our 11 “landscape gardeners” are kept in a manner appropriate to their nature and exclusively for grazing.

Sheep at the Albertinenhof Havelland

Bird protection hedge

Together with the NABU RV Westhavelland and the Schepler tree nursery a 70 m long bird protection hedge was created in spring 2022, which serves as a source of food and a place of refuge for birds, insects and other wild animals.

Bird protection hedge Albertinenhof

Breeding bird protection

You can see the large stork's nest from afar, which has been a distinctive feature of the farm  for decades. The young storks are ringed by NABU Westhavelland once a year. There are also various nesting aids for barn owls, robins, sparrows and wagtails. Wild herbs, thistles or mugwort remain available all year round for linnets, goldfinches and greenfinches. 

Young storks at the Albertinenhof Havelland

Reptile protection

The many unsealing and demolition works have produced large amounts of rubble and stones. These heat up quickly in the sun and offer protection for heat-loving reptiles, such as lizards. A large number of cairns were built throughout the farm to provide valuable habitats for the strictly protected animals.

Lizard protection at the Albertinenhof Havelland

For people and nature

Since 2020, close cooperation and a variety of projects have linked the Albertinenhof with the Nature Conservation Association in Westhavelland. The NABU regional association Westhavelland is based in Milow Nature Park Center and coordinates a wide range of nature conservation projects, implements measures in contractual nature conservation or promotes environmental education for children, young people and adults in Westhavelland. 

The NABU Germany is the oldest (founded in 1899) and, with more than 875,000 members and supporters (as of January 2022), the environmental association with the largest number of members in Germany. The managing director of NABU Westhavelland René Riep and his team supports us with, among other things, tree planting campaigns, breeding bird protection and a project to preserve historical vegetable seeds in our market garden

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