Rietli habitat mosaic
In spring 2015, basic school pupils of Scuola Vivante discover frog spawn on one of their walks in the Rietli. The Rietli, a small, 3.5 hectare piece of meadowland adjacent to a forest, south of Buchs SG (CH).
The area is often wet – the name Rietli refers to the boggy reed – to the chagrin of the farmer who uses the grass for fodder, to the delight of the crowd of schoolchildren who watch the colourful hustle and bustle of the tadpoles on the wet meadow.
The children are outraged by the constant attempts to drain this originally deep-peat reedbed through selective filling. Tadpoles are rescued in buckets and relocated
Out of this indignation, the „Rietli Buchs rehabilitation project“ was born, which restored the entire area to its original state in cooperation with experts, educators, pupils and parents. A habitat mosaic is created.
Planned completion winter 22/23
Renat GmbH, Rudolf Staub
trailblazing GmbH / Scuola Vivante
Swiss Foundation for Bird Sanctuaries
Cooperation with schoolchildren initiated and implemented.
CHF 650,000 Financed by the public sector, nature conservation foundations and Scuola Vivante’s own contribution.
Rietli Buchs on the blog
The history of the Rietli upgrading project in the Werdenberg Yearbook
Since autumn 2018, we have been committed to the renaturation of a piece of land in the Swiss town of Buchs SG: the Rietli. The newly revised website provides an overview. We hope you enjoy browsing through it.