Pools are a characteristic part of the landscape around the city of Eindhoven. There are more than 150 of these small landscape elements in the green areas around the city and in the river valleys of the Tongelreep and the Dommel. The pools are the habitat of marsh and aquatic plants, as well as of many species of (water) insects, such as the dragonfly. They are also watering places for birds and mammals. But the main ecological significance of this small landscape element is that it is the spawning ground of many amphibians: frogs, toads and salamanders. To increase awareness among children for their green environment, Eindhoven municipality has started a pool adoption programme. In this programme, nature education and creation go hand in hand with the conservation and management of the pools. Schools actively engage their students in nature on days out to ‘their’ adopted pool. The children do minor maintenance in the autumn, such as dredging, cutting and pruning; and in the spring, they monitor the burgeoning aquatic life.
-Eindhoven (NL) 2008
-Gemeente (Municipalty of) Eindhoven
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