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Many young explorers are particularly interested in the renaturalized “Horlacher See” This is a project of the Einhard elementary school, which has thus become an “environmental school” Promotes. But also for the market town itself the renaturation of the lake is a matter of the heart.
For a long time the lake lay silted up in the “Sommerberg” forest area. For years there has been an extremely good neighborly relationship with the Schweinfurt Hospital Foundation, which is also the owner of the forest on the Sommerberg. To underline this good relationship was, on the occasion of the anniversary “1300 years Euerdorf”, from the neighbors a “Kaiserlinde planted as a gift. The silted lake area and the planting site are immediately adjacent to each other.
It was quickly agreed that this would be a project for nature and citizens – a point of attraction for young and old alike. The costs to be estimated remained according to mayor Patricia Schiesser “manageable”. The remaining costs were shared by the Schweinfurt Foundation and the market town of Euerdorf. Lake Horlach is one with history. Already in the 18. In the 19th century, the ice for the beer cellars of local breweries was supplied from here in winter.
Several steps were necessary before the lake could be called a lake again. In January, the area was cleared with a harvester. The proceeds of the felled trees were immediately used for the lake complex. After that, the ground was compacted, the inlet of a spring as well as a stream were relocated so that they feed the lake. Elevations on the terrain in the lake were created by heaps of earth and are to serve as islands. Already at the beginning of April there was water in the new lake and also animals and plants had settled in and around the lake.
Research days at the lake
The individual steps were accompanied by the project group of the Einhard elementary school. Already in November, before the work started, the first inspection was carried out. The students were also on site for the clearing of the lake area and had the lake facility explained to them by district manager Wolfgang Kuhlmann as well as Peter Piel from the lower nature conservation authority Bad Kissingen. At the beginning of April, the first research day was held. “Here we searched the lake and its surroundings for plants and animals that had settled with the creation of the lake.”, explains ten-year-old Magdalena. Furthermore the water quality of the lake was examined. The quality was considered “normal classified.
The second researcher’s day took place recently. With Peter Piel and Wolfgang Kuhlmann the changes in the colonization by animals and plants were surveyed and documented. “We found numerous species of animals: Grass frogs, pond newts – juveniles with gills, the damselfly, the small mosaic damselfly and backswimmers.”, counted Simon on.
“Water is life”, says district manager Wolfgang Kuhlmann. “It is fun to explore the lake with the students.” It is particularly nice that the municipality supports here, for example, with a driving service and also the fact that the care by the Einhard elementary school students does not remain unique, but also takes place in the future.
“This is an exciting, unique project that the children can identify with”, teacher Andrea Schafer, who will also be on site with students in the future, notes. “We have taken over a sponsorship for the lake and will always investigate how the life on and in the lake develops, whether there are new settlements and will document this. I am also sure that one or the other student visits the lake even after his time at Einhard Primary School to observe its progress.” The project not only encourages young researchers to get involved with things outside the classroom, but also creates a valuable bond with the homeland.
Numbers The Horlacher See has several inlets and is at the lowest point ca. 30 cm, at the deepest up to 1.80 meters deep. Size: Ca. 0.5 hectares