Primary Forrest at the River Elster
Ziegelgrubenholz im Sommer. Bild: Claudius Günther, 2020

Primary Forrest at the River Elster

The Ziegelgrubenholz near Löbnitz Bennewitz is one of the last remaining primeval forests on the river Elster. Since 2020 it has been the site of a landscape-based field research, which we see as an experiment in many respects. It is an approach to multispecies ethnology. Together with biologists. Ecologists, forest ecologists we visit the forest every 14 days, filming, drawing, walking in it and looking at its peculiarities. Corners with soft wood remind us of a softwood floodplain forest, other slightly higher pieces are again to be attributed to a hardwood floodplain. The variety of fungi is astonishing. Especially in the damp zones in the brick-pit wood, Judas ear (Auricularia auricula-judae), the golden yellow trembling (Tremella mesenterica) and other winter fungi are common.

The Flood in Winter. Drawing: Claudius Günther, 2021

The year of our field research was also determined by floods, in winter twice , an intermediate melt in February and the winter melt after the long March winter. which, however, was only moderate.

Forrest fringe in spring. Drawing: Claudius Günther, 2021

Characteristic for this Wood is its location. Some of the alluvial forest pieces such as the Albrechtshain near Pegau or the island near Kobschütz are bordered by water or paths and can thus also form real forest fringes. The meadows of the Ziegelgrubenholz are surrounded by meadows, which the farmers want to use 100 percent and thus typical fringe plants like elder bushes are simply pushed into the forest with shovels. So he forest fringe of the brick pit wood is very steep and small.

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