Lanu - Normale Ansicht

Gnandstein / Orchard Meadow

Project Area
Leipzig District
AcquisitionDecember 2005
Size1.49 ha   
StatusBiotope Protection (§26 SächsNatSchG)
Protected Landscape Area (PLA)   

Importance as a Natural Protected Area:

The orchard meadow is stocked with a few, mainly old, brittle tall fruit trees. The western section of the area is dominated by cherry and plum trees, whereas there are only cherry trees in the central area. There are alos apple and pear trees alongside cherry trees in the north west.


Orchard meadows are among the most diverse habitats in our region The most frequently found species are small animals such as spiders and insects, as well as various types of birds. There was also conclusive evidence of major incidences of bats in Gnandstein.


By acquiring the sites, the LaNU Nature Protection Fund has ensured the long term preservation of this area in the context of nature protection.


Conservation and Development:

The grassland is partly grazed by sheep or cut for feed.


As part of a compensating measure for the construction of the AB A7 motorway, AS Rathendorf – AS Frohburg, planting of around 100 trees is planned for the area. This involves tall, old types of tree typical of the region and wild fruit types. The aim is to preserve the landscape and its character, and to create new habitats.

Tomas Brückmann

Sächsische Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt
Riesaer Straße 7
01129 Dresden

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