Alpine areas

What would the Oberallgäu mountain landscape be without its alps and alpine areas? Almost every ascent to the summit leads past alpine pastures. They are the epitome of an intact Allgäu cultural landscape. Numerous plant and animal species are at home in the Oberallgäu alpine meadows and depend on their grazing. 


Allgäu Alpine Diversity Project

The Allgäu Alpine Diversity Project of the Oberallgäu district is intended to promote the coexistence of nature conservation and alpine farming in the Oberallgäu. The project managers –  Kreyse Annabel
and Fabian Höß – advise you on conservation issues and support you in their implementation. We work in coordination with the Department of Food, 
Agriculture and Forests, the Alpwirtschaftlichen Verein im Allgäu e.V., the Landschaftspflegeverband Oberallgäu Kempten e.V., the Naturpark Nagelfluhkette e.V., the Zentrum Naturerlebnis Alpin and other stakeholders behind the alpine economy or nature conservation in the Oberallgäu.

The farmers have created our current biodiversity with their work over generations. The goal, together with the operators is to preserve the extraordinary 
cultural landscape - and this on a voluntary basis. It is individually tailored to the Alps develop adapted measures to give something to the biodiversity and the alpine areas. 
Doing good. At the same time, the project managers take care to find suitable funding opportunities to compensate for the additional expense.

Examples of measures

Schwenden & Landscape conservation
With well-planned Schwend measures, habitats can be preserved and alpine pastures can be improved. Thanks to alpine farming, rare butterflies such as the Apollo butterfly or the ant blue can still be found on lean, rock-covered and sunny alpine pastures. In other 
Regions are home to grouse such as black grouse and capercaillie. They need open areas for courtship, as well as escape routes and protected areas for the 
Young bird rearing. Feeding in winter by birch or alder is also very important.

Species-rich bristlegrass meadows are now rare in Germany. Through targeted grazing, bristlegrass meadows with good forage value and high species diversity can be preserved. Overly extensive grazing results in monotonous bristly grass mats and this 
is neither in the sense of nature conservation nor in the sense of alpine farming. Protection of sensitive areas. The mountain lakes, moors and litter meadows in the alpine area are 
very sensitive. Simple measures such as fencing or use during drier periods can make a big difference. However, the cattle naturally also need enough 
Water, so the pumping and installation of drinking troughs also helps the sensitive areas.

Fertilization & Liming

The management of the alps has created valuable biotopes. In order to preserve these, we will be happy to support you with advice on fertilization or liming and create a plan for your alp together with you.