The Battert in the northwest of the Black Forest is a popular climbing area, many traditional routes are located here on the Badener Wand. In order to protect the peregrine falcon's nesting sites there, the regional council in Karlsruhe is planning to close the wall for climbers. The Alpine Club and the Black Forest Club are opposed to this and are demanding a compromise
Protected peregrine falcons breed on the Badener Wand in the northwest of the Black Forest. In order to avoid disturbing the animals, the regional council of Karlsruhe is planning a complete closure of the climbing area. Individual hiking trails and the Felsenbrücke viewpoint are also to be closed. This goes too far for the Alpine Club and the Black Forest Club, they demand a compromise between species protection and climbing. The decision should be made this week.
In 2004, the peregrine falcons returned to the Baden wall. In 2020, at least three fledged young falcons were counted. Are the climbers responsible for the fact that the peregrine falcon breeds rather sparsely on the Battert, as the Karlsruhe regional council assumes?
Climbing vs species protection - a contribution by the SWR
Year-round lockdown is overdrawn
In addition to the Climbing and Nature Conservation Working Group, the Baden-Württemberg State Association of the German Alpine Association also considers a year-round closure of the Badener Wand to be excessive - and not necessary for reasons of nature conservation.
In Baden-Württemberg, there has been a rule since 1990 that during the breeding season of falcons or eagle owls, climbing on the rocks in question is not permitted from the beginning of the year until the end of July. This principle would now be ignored by the state authority.
suggestions for compromise
In cooperation with the volunteers on site, the DAV has submitted proposals to the regional council on how the peregrine falcons can be better protected and how climbing routes can continue to be kept open.
The DAV is committed to a temporary closure of the entire Badener Wand in the state-wide period from 1.1. until 31.7. a. Only part of the wall has been blocked so far. However, the end of the closed period should be adapted to the course of the breeding season, as is the case elsewhere.
What is the reason for the low breeding success?
In order to shut down the climbing routes on the Badener Wand during this period, the lower climbing hooks are to be screwed down so that they cannot be used. In addition, the volunteers from the local associations want to take part in the control and inform climbers about the necessity of the closure.
Monitoring is to be set up to check the success of the measures - and to track down the causes of the low breeding success. In other areas, wildlife cameras have spotted foxes and eagle owls robbing peregrine falcon nesting sites.
The proposals from AKN and DAV are also based on a report by the Radolfzell ornithological station, which was commissioned by the regional council.
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Credits: Cover picture Panico Alpinverlag/Ronald Nordmann, text media release DAV