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Hanover’s forests are diverse. In the city alone there are about 10 forests and forest areas of different size, including more than 600 hectares of one of the largest urban forests in Europe, the Eilenriede. For over 600 years now, it belongs to the citizens of Hanover and was most of the time outside the town walls. For about 100 years the city grows around the Forest Eilenriede and turns them into a green oasis. The fact that this acquisition of space has not lead to a loss of forest area until today is owing to the forward-looking nature of the gift by the Saxon Dukes Wenzeslaus and Albrecht in 1371, which made a moderate use of citizens with their forest to condition. Nevertheless, the Forest Eilenriede has undergone some changes over time. It was from a primeval forest to a timber, from managed forests for recreation area with some park-like design, and more recently in some areas back to a natural forest. Whether the Eilenriede originally belonged to the large contiguous forest that extended since the Stone Age in the area from Braunschweig to Hanover is at least controversial. The Gaim and Bockmer Wood, two forest areas on Kronsberg Hill in the east of Hanover, are remnants of this old North Forest, as this great forest was then called. Although they have been used in the past strongly by their respective owners, they have never been completely cut in the core and preserved in its original location. Here protected by the people unaffected may be for many years again develop a species-rich and thus more valuable deciduous forest, which builds slowly but surely its own ecological relationships. On a Nature Walk (NW 8 - The Eilenriede at Steuerndieb) and a guided natural history bicycle tour (NC 6 - The old wood in the East) of NaTourWissen, interested guests have the opportunity to learn more about the ancient forests of Hanover.

 But not only in Hanover’s forests, in many other places in the region too NaTourWissen is taken time for a genuine and direct experience of nature with its guests. The heart of every tour is a delightful route that connects all the interesting points along the way without a long march in a pleasant manner with each other. At these points tell the natural history guide in an entertaining way of changes in the natural spaces and landscapes. The scientists of NaTourWissen see themselves as reconnaissance and represent a holistic natural history that combines many aspects. With the curious gaze of the naturalist one can experience the environment differently and learns its hidden beauties. But who recognizes the natural relationships in its environment, can better understand the value of the native nature and save this condition for future generations. Be it in the Forest Eilenriede, in the southern or northern Leine floodplains, whether at Benther Berg, in Herrmann-Loens-Park or in the middle of the city - the peculiarities of the natural areas that are mediated by NaTourWissen, testify to the diversity of landscapes in our region. Many of the beautiful places perhaps you know others not yet. With NaTourWissen do not go over, but stop and take a closer look.

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