For the International day for Biological Diversity (22.5.21), the Biological Station SIAS has launched the project “Reptilen zu Lëtzebuerg“. The aim of this project is to collect data on the native reptile species of Luxembourg. Anyone can participate via the app iNaturalist. In the flyer below you can find more info about the process. And one more piece of information: neither of our snake species is venomous!

If you want to help reptiles at home too, you can simply set up some wild corners in your yard! All you need to do is leave piles of rocks or wood, or simply mow the grass in a corner less often so it can grow taller. Since our reptiles also feed in part on insects, any measures taken to preserve insects will also indirectly help our lizards and snakes.

If you would like to learn more about our reptiles, insects, or natural gardening, please don’t hesitate to contact our biological station!

Wall lizards (Podarcis muralis) like to sit on woodpiles to warm themselves.

Get to know the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall better in a variety of ways from 12 to 30 May. The following programme items are offered as part of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall Week:

The programme will be complemented by exciting digital activities:

We hope you enjoy discovering them and that the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall Week can take place next year as a face-to-face event.

Many of the activities, workshops and hikes of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall are already fully booked!

If you are still interested in various activities in and with nature, you should definitely take a look at the brochure of natur&ëmwelt. There you will find over 370 nature activities from April to August!

Just click on the buttons below:

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Fumbling every last “weed” out of the gaps in your pavement, year after year, is annoying. There is an alternative though: you could sow in plants you want to have in these gaps! There are plenty that are sturdy enough and nice to look at: for example, there is aromatic thyme that doesn’t mind if you step on it once in a while or little daisy and wild violet that shyly stretch their little heads out of the pavement.

To create these colourful gaps in your pavement, all you have to do is get rid of the plants you don’t want and put in a mix of sand and a little compost. Then you simply sweep in a mix of seeds and sand. For the first year or so, you’ll have to keep clearing out the unwanted plants, but once the sown plants get established, you will have a nice and colourful path, that only needs some TLC once in a while and really is a blast, not only for you, but for many animals as well!

If you want more information, don’t hesitate to contact us: tamara.laterza@naturpark-mellerdall.lu oder 26 87 82 91-28.

The “Bierschbecher Atelier” (Blannenheem) has put together a seed mixture with native wildflowers. At the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall and some other partners you can buy this mixture for 15 € (30 sqm)!

For more information, as well as tips on how to plant a wildflower meadow, contact our partner “…ouni Pestiziden“.

A list of the species included in the mixture can be found here.

If you have any questions or would like to order, just contact us at tamara.laterza@naturpark-mellerdall.lu or on 26 87 82 91-28.

Tired of your gravel garden? Then click here!

The region of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall enjoys high numbers of visitors from home and abroad. In order for everyone to have a great experience here, it is important to follow a few simple rules of conduct.

Discover interesting and little-known facts about the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall in our short video features. With this series we would like to introduce you to the special features of our region in an exciting and entertaining way.
We are very happy to show you the region of Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall from different perspectives and hope that you will also learn something new.

The orchard meadows (LU Bongerten) are characteristic features of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall region. These are part of the cultural and natural heritage and shape the region in many ways. The high-quality fruit of the orchard meadows have always been used for a wide variety of purposes. Even today, local producers still refine the fruit of the orchard meadows into delicious and regionally typical products (apple juice, brandies, cider and many more).

For this reason, the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall has decided to organise the “Mount vum Bongert” in 2020, together with its partners Office Régional du Tourisme – Région Mullerthal – Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise (ORT-MPSL), Leader Region Mëllerdall, Administration de la nature et des forêts (ANF) and Mëllerdaller Produzenten a.s.b.l. This year’s edition took place between the 20th September and the 25th October and invited visitors to discover the orchards of the Mëllerdall.

Culinary highlights

During the “Mount vum Bongert”, various restaurants in the region created menus using both the refined orchard products and fresh fruits from the region’s orchard meadows.

Léierbongert (didactic orchard)

Between the 29th September and the 21st October, 15 school classes from Cycle 3 and 4 (190 children in total) from 3 communes of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall visited the first “Léierbongert” in Luxembourg. The children had to solve tasks at 8 stations in the fields of mathematics, sciences, French, German and Luxembourgish. The “Léierbongert” was also open to the public from the 28th September to the 5th October.

In the didactic orchard in Rosport children discover orchard meadows.

Fruit varieties Drive-In

Those lucky enough to own a orchard meadow or even single fruit trees at home, had the opportunity to have their apple and pear varieties determined by pomologist Richard Dahlem at the two Drive-Ins in Born and in Schrondweiler. The two Drive-ins were a great success.

Rare apple varieties such as « Lütticher Ananaskalvill » and « Gelbe Schafsnase » have been localised and will be used, after consultation with the owners, to propagate these rare trees and preserve the varieties in the long term.

For the whole family

On October 10th a picking event in an orchard in Bech took place, where apples, pears and even walnuts were picked and collected.

Exactly one week later, the little ones were able to press apple juice together with the ANF in Echternach and could take their own apple juice home with them.

At the Generatiounsgaart in Beaufort, school classes also learned how to make delicious juice from apples and how to make apple compote on the fireplace.

Traditional festivals

Besides the activities of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall, the traditional plum and apple juice festivals took place for example in Cruchten on the 19 th and the 20th September and in Echternach on 10th and 11th October. During these festivals, the importance of the orchards is celebrated annually.

Due to the success and the high demand for all of these activities during the first edition of the “Mount vum Bongert”, the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall has decided to organise this event series every year and also to extend the range of activities. With this event we would like to celebrate the orchard meadows annually.

The entire team of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall would like to thank everyone who took part in the first “Mount vum Bongert”. We are already looking forward to the next orchard season. 

(c) NGPM Pierre Haas

The Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall (NGPM) is aiming for membership in the international program of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Since UNESCO already confirmed great potential and an internationally remarkable geological heritage in the region when it first applied in 2017, it was clear to all those involved from the start that a new candidacy should take place at a later date. This has now been submitted after intensive work was carried out to improve the points of criticism.

You can read the whole application dossier here:

In cooperation with various partners, we will hold an interesting online conference on the 12th of November from 17 – 18:30 o’clock on energy efficiency.

What will you learn during this conference?

  • Practical steps in order to address energy efficiency in your business and
  • Which financial aid (state & private) you can apply for in Luxembourg

More details about the program can be found in the document below.

You can register until the 9th of November under the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7116033526730/WN_CE8hHFUcS4-57fG4U7CIUQ

After your registration you will receive the access link to the conference via email. The webinar will be held in Luxembourgish, a French live translation is also offered.