All about insects, spiders, mowers and meadow ions

The bioversum Jagdschloss Kranichstein is currently working diligently on a new exhibition on the subject of insects, spiders, meadows and mowing. What exactly are insects and spiders? What is meant by meadows and how were they formed? What does haymaking have to do with insects and why does the issue of mowing affect more than just people with their own lawns?

The exhibition “Wiesion” is dedicated to all these questions and many more.

In 2023, the part of the Wiesion exhibition that deals with the topic of green spaces in agriculture can still be seen at the Erlebnis Landmarkt at Jagdschloss Kranichstein from September 29 to October 1, 2023.

Our Wiesion special exhibition will then take a break until next year. The exhibition can be seen again from Friday, March 22, 2024 (first weekend before the Hessian Easter vacations), when it will be expanded to include new stations, games and an accompanying app. From April 2024, we will be showing another exhibition in collaboration with BUND in the Darmstadt city area, which will feature various types of urban nature spots and show the importance of green islands in urban areas for biodiversity.

Accompanying program

As part of the exhibition, we offer an exciting accompanying program. In joint discussions and excursions, we from the BioDivKultur team tell you what we are researching, how work is done in practice, and how we are implementing new goals together.

From the project:

Insect Talks with breakfast and open roundtable discussion

About knowing and not knowing about insects with Margarita Hartlieb, biologist & Johanna Müller, communication designer

Discourse insect diversity and what language has to do with it with Prof. Dr. Nina Janich, linguist & Prof. Dr. Markus Lederer, political scientist

Insects at eye level – creepily fascinating? with Dr. Nadja Simons, Biologist & Prof. Dr. Alfred Nordmann, Philosopher

Administration and nature conservation associations – opportunities for more biodiversity in the city with Karin Lübbe, Head of the Environmental Office of the City of Science Darmstadt & Niko Martin, BUND

Nature conservation from an urban and biological perspective with Nadine Cyrannek, Biodiversity Manager of the Science City Darmstadt & Prof. Dr. Nico Blüthgen, Biologist



Tiny Insect Garden – Together with BUND we build new habitats for insects and spiders with Niko Martin, BUND Darmstadt & Scarlett Umlauf, bioversum

What is blooming here? We will learn about typical meadow flowers and grasses with Scarlett Umlauf, biologist.

Botanical-zoological walk over the Rosenhöhe and the Oberfeld with Margarita Hartlieb and Johanna Berger.

Signs, Writing & Signs – Linguistic Landscaping around the Hunting Lodge with Johanna Freudenberg, Linguist & Lisa Rhein, Linguist

EinDRUCKSvoll – Insect printing workshop with Johanna Müller, Johanna Berger & Sonja Daum

The BioDivKultur project is funded by the Research Initiative for Biodiversity Conservation of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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