species of the week #25 – the little tern

All tern species look very similar. Unlike most other birds, they always keep their heads down when flying. They are characterized by a black upper head, a grey back, short legs, a pointed beak, narrow, long, pointed wings and long tail feathers. Usually the underside is white. The Little Tern is the smallest species of […]

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species of the week # 23 – jersey thrift

The jersey thrift is a plant about 20-60 cm high with white to light pink flowers on a spherical inflorescence. It is a formerly native plant, which today in Germany can only be seen in botanical gardens, such as in Mainz, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Würzburg. Distribution status Extinct in Germany Remaining stocks Small stocks in […]

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Species of the week #19( week 22-2020 )-the lady slipper

The Lady’s Slipper, whose European species is also known as the “Yellow Lady’s Slipper”, is the most well-known and most striking orchid species in Rhineland-Palatinate. About 5 cm long, protruding, reddish-brown petals surround a large, yellow, slippery, bulbous lip reminiscent of pumps. Hence the name. As a semi-shade plant, Lady’s Slipper is often found in […]

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species of the week #16 (KW 19-2020)

Pygmy owls are record holders: as the smallest European owl species, they are no larger than a star at only about 15 to 19 cm and reach a weight of just 60 to 80 g. Less than a bar of chocolate. Their reddish to pale dark brown plumage is characterised by small light spots and […]

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