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    Gardens of nurseries or schools

Flourishing life in gardens of nurseries or schools

Children love to explore “wild spaces”. Positive experiences in nature foster their confidence and personal development. With natural gardens in nurseries and schools, the importance of biodiversity can be learned on the spot and in a very hands-on way. This provides the opportunity to create flowered areas and habitations for many species and to contribute to the connection between city and nature. Nothing is left in the way of exciting observations throughout the seasons!

Target species


Dwarf Russian almond

European orchard bee


Viennese land snail

White-breasted hedgehog

Good to know

  • School grounds with a claim to more biodiversity makes for new and interesting field observations.
  • Children react strongly to structures and hidden places. Terrain modelling, groups of shrubs and living fences can create an inspiring and stimulating environment.
  • Building a lattice together, simple gardening tasks, working with rake and shovel: Children love to help with garden work.
  • Sealed and spacious schoolyards without any structuring of the space impair the quality of time spent there and do not inspire exploration.

What does the City of Vienna do?

The Environmental Consulting Services of the City of Vienna is happy to give out information about the butterfly-friendly nursery:
Die Umweltberatung der Stadt (umweltberatung.at)



The same agency also provides the best sources of supply for nesting aids for insects:
Die Umweltberatung: Bezugsquellen für Nisthilfen und Nützlingshäuser (umweltberatung.at)

Natural (feeding) hedges as flowered areas

How about a little shrub hedge with berries, such as currants or raspberries, combined with local native woods such as elder, goat willow, and damson plum? Under the shrubs, groundcover strawberries would be a perfect addition. Help bring back wild shrubs into the city and enjoy the abundant flowers and nectar in the spring, and the fruit and vitamins in the summer and autumn!

Tip: You would like to have a wild shrub, but your garden is too small? Plant climbing plants on your fence or up a wooden wall. Ivy or Italian woodbine are well suited for this purpose.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.



Choice of plants:



Model project:

Insect nesting aids as habitats

Instead of “hotels”, small animals also need social housing. Many of the “insect hotels” available in stores don't work properly. It is better to make your own nesting aids or to buy them from the suppliers listed below. There is a plethora of great instructions, of which you will find a selection here. You’ll see, it’s worth it. Have fun observing!

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.





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Other measures


Wild and overgrown corner/margin as habitations