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Terrestrial Ecology

The Department of Terrestrial Ecology offers comprehensive services in species and biotope mapping as well as in species protection and nature conservation planning.

The basis of all planning is the documentation of the current state. An extensive workforce of experienced cartographers ensures technically qualified documentation of all species groups relevant to species protection law. Areas of focus include the survey and assessment of bat occurrences and the monitoring of bats in the vicinity of wind energy installations.

On the basis of the surveys, we prepare specialist reports on species conservation law or develop species support concepts. If the survey reveals species protection issues, our services also include the planning and implementation of species conservation measures, the relocation of plants and animals and the monitoring of the corresponding measures.

Continuous further training of our scientists is important to us, since it is only in such a way that we can react quickly to changes to legal and professional frameworks. We present the results of our work at professional conferences and within scientific publications. Our research on bat migration and the use of new technologies (such as drones) round off our range of services.

Species protection

  • Surveying of all species groups relevant to species protection
  • Specialist reports on species conservation law, specialized species protection examination
  • Planning and implementation of species protection measures and relocation
  • Risk management and monitoring
  • Specific species protection studies, e.g. spatial utilization analyses and GIS-based habitat utilization analyses
  • Development of species support programs and implementation of species support measures



  • Stationary and mobile bat detection by means of ultrasonic detectors
  • Continuous acoustic batmonitoring on land and at sea (especially in connection with wind energy planning)
  • Bat collision victim search
  • Wintering / breeding grounds inspections
  • Mesh net capture and tagging
  • Preliminary investigation and ecological construction supervision for construction projects


Surveying of planning-relevant groups

  • Breeding, migratory and staging birds
  • Amphibians and reptiles
  • Dragonflies
  • Grasshoppers
  • Selected beetles and Hymenoptera
  • Flora and vegetation
  • Biotopes and FFH habitat types