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An adder / Photo: Sammer/dpa/Symbolic image

Authorities search for adders and smooth snakes

Native snake species are increasingly dependent on the protection of their habitats. The Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district office asked the public for support on Monday. Specifically, it is about the rare smooth snake and the adder - the "Reptile of the Year 2024" in Germany. Anyone who spot ..

The Weiße Schöps in 2014, which flows into a new riverbed in Rietschen. / Photo: Matthias Hiekel/dpa/Archivbild

Conservationists help local authorities to maintain bodies of water

The German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) wants to help municipalities in the lignite regions affected by structural change to maintain their watercourses. The association announced in Chemnitz on Thursday that the "Living Banks" project will support them in meeting EU ..

A fire salamander sits in an enclosure / Photo: Daniel Karmann/dpa/Symbolic image

Saxon alliance for the protection of the fire salamander

An alliance for the protection of the fire salamander has been formed in Saxony. The aim is to set up a monitoring and early warning system to protect the fire salamander in Saxony, the Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains district office announced in Pirna on Wednesday. The Dresden University of ..

A young brown-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) sits between leaves on a sidewalk in front of a bush / Photo: Jonas Walzberg/dpa/Archivbild

Hedgehogs are increasingly in danger in Saxony

Hedgehogs are popular animals. But there are more and more dangers for them. Their habitats are becoming smaller. There is a threat of food shortages because they find fewer insects. Hedgehog associations help injured and sick animals.

A salmon ready to spawn is held in the water. / Photo: Ronny Hartmann/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archivbild

Salmon in Saxony return with a delay

Never before have the first salmon returned to Saxony as late as this year. The State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology announced on Friday that it was only on Wednesday that the first impressive salmon was caught during routine monitoring in the Lachsbach stream near Bad Schandau. ..

An employee of the winter road clearance service distributes road salt on a footpath. / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa/Symbolic image

Environmentalists: road salt in winter damages trees in summer

The German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) has called for alternatives to the use of road salt. Its use torpedoes all efforts to protect urban trees from the hot summers caused by climate change, explained Daniel Blume, deputy head of BUND Dresden on Wednesday. "The vit ..

Dead spruce trees stand in a forest area in the Harz Mountains / Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa

Warm autumn worries Saxony's forest experts

The warm autumn is causing concern among Saxon forestry experts with regard to the bark beetle population. There is a high risk that the pests will survive the winter unscathed and infest new trees in the coming year, the state enterprise Saxony Forest announced on Monday. Therefore, bark beetle tre ..

An adult female wolf stands in its enclosure at Eekholt Zoo / Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa

Farmers' association expects growing number of wolf attacks

The Saxon State Farmers Association expects a growing number of wolf attacks on grazing animals. Chief executive Wolfgang Uhlemann justified this on Tuesday with the increased number of pups by about one fifth. "They're getting bigger now and they want to eat. Unfortunately, they don't eat heads of ..