Ecology from soil to sky
Soil biodiversity is becoming more important by the year now, with European legislation on soil health in the making. At one of NIOO’s field locations, the function of soil biodiversity is studied for 25 years already. Including the impact of soil transplantation, to boost the natural ecosystem on degenerated places. This long-running study, so necessary to discover long-term effects in ecology, is even surpassed by another one in the same national nature area The Veluwe. You’ll find the subject up in the sky: songbirds, breeding in nest boxes and contributing to a 70-year database of one of the longest running series worldwide. Together with a more recent but unique experimental set-up on the effects of light pollution on nature, and a visit to the stunning sustainable research institute itself, this field trip will give you close-up insight into biodiversity and the study of the effects of climate change, shifting habitats, extreme weather and more.
NIOO is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. More info: www.nioo.knaw.nl/en