Partridge (Perdix perdix) in Schleswig-Holstein: Effects of wild plant cultivation on arthropods and their ecological function


The loss of natural and semi-natural landscape elements in modern agricultural landscapes led not only to the decline of many ground breeders but also of arthropods and the associated ecosystem services. In addition, farmers fear the loss of yield and increased damage caused by pests due to the creation of new wild plant areas. Against this background, relevant arthropod groups on wild plant areas in Schleswig-Holstein are recorded and evaluated in this project in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • Influence of the sowing of wild plant areas on arthropod diversity as a food resource for ground breeders


  • Nature conservation assessment of the influence of wild plant areas on endangered arthropods


  • Ecologically optimised location selection of wild plant areas for the promotion of ecosystem services



Agroecology, Agrobiodiversity, Agri-environmental measures, Ecosystem services


Project information

Duration: 2016 - 2019

Project participants:: U. H. W. Fehlberg, S. Graumann, J. D. Herrmann, H. Hoffmann, H. Reck, H. Schmüser & T. Diekötter

Cooperation partner: Wildtier-Kataster Schleswig-Holstein, Landesjagdverband Schleswig-Holstein

Supporter: Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume (MELUR) Schleswig-Holstein