Researchers of the LIB at the “Langer Tag der StadtNatur”

© Martin Husemann


Bioblitz, moth cinema and urban jungle: Our program at this year’s “Long Day of Urban Nature Hamburg” is almost as diverse as our green spaces. Initiated by the Loki Schmidt Foundation, we will dive into the urban jungle together on June 18 and 19, 2022. In doing so, we will demonstrate a multifaceted eye for detail and look in particular at the hidden world of insects. Registration will open on May 30.

We’re venturing out again: After last year’s “Short Day of CityNature,” we can finally venture out into Hamburg’s wilderness again extensively and personally with participants. The motto of this year’s “Langer Tag der StadtNatur” (Long Day of CityNature) is “Wonder Forest”. On this occasion, we will show how multifaceted the world of insects in Hamburg is, which wild animals the Hanseatic city has to offer, and together we will examine the species population in the city’s nature reserves during a bioblitz.

The entire program is available online at the Long Day of Urban Nature website. All events require prior registration, which will be active starting May 30.

Our program

Saturday, June 18, 2022

10 a.m.: Bioblitz on insect life
with Dr. Martin Husemann, entomologist at the Museum der Natur Hamburg

A bioblitz provides basic data and thus helps scientists to get an up-to-date impression of the diversity of insects in the Niendorf enclosure. Together with our researchers, we will learn how data are obtained and analyzed. We will be on the prowl together until around 3 pm.

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10 am: What are these insects doing there?
with Dr. Karina Lucas Silva-Brandao, butterfly researcher at the Museum der Natur Hamburg.

Plant parts, for example, are also nurseries for some insects, as they lay their eggs there and use them as a substrate. So understanding the interactions between insects and plants is essential to seeing and understanding this wonderful world in all its green shades. The English-language field trip at Niendorfer Gehege will end at 1 p.m. The English-language field trip at Niendorfer Gehege will end at 1 p.m.

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3 p.m.: Unknown neighbors in the urban jungle
with Daniel Bein, Head of Education and Outreach at the Museum der Natur Hamburg

Wild animals like wild boar, raccoon or fox are our neighbors and lodgers. At the Museum der Natur Hamburg, we will learn about the species that hide from us humans during the day and even get to pet their skins. The event lasts about 1 ½ hours.

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8.50 p.m.: On the trail of the moths
with Timo Zeimet, Guide at the Museum of Nature Hamburg

We will take a close look into the night in the orchard meadow Francop: Which insects hide in the darkness and what can we learn about moths? Until around midnight, we will use light to catch the nocturnal six-legged creatures of the Hanseatic city.

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

10 a.m.: Hidden Bioderversity – What lives in the leaf litter
with Dr. Dagmara Zyla, beetle researcher at the Museum der Natur Hamburg

Dead organisms like wood are the perfect habitat for worms, spiders or beetles. During this approximately two-hour excursion, we will apply special collecting techniques, observe the hidden biodiversity at Jenischpark in Klein Flottbek, and talk about their role in the ecosystem.

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11 a.m.: Diversity on sandy soils
with Dr. Martin Husemann, entomologist at the Museum der Natur Hamburg

The nature reserve “Boberger Niederung” is famous for its dunes. Here, rare animal species such as wasteland grasshoppers and wild bees find ideal habitats. On the approximately two-hour guided tour, we will get to know typical animals of this fascinating sandy landscape.

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