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Insect Hotels for Species Protection

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Eine Frau und ein Mann bauen aus Holzplatten ein Insektenhotel. © Aliona Kardash​/​TU Dort­mund
Wooden boards are first sawed into small pieces and then screwed on top of each other.

For insects such as wild bees and bumblebees, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find shelter and places to build their nests. This is because nature is being increasingly ousted from cities in order to create living space. That is why TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity’s Sustainability Office, the General Student Committee, the “Cam­pus for Future” group and BLB NRW (the regional authority responsible for building and real estate management) have built insect hotels for the campus within a joint campaign. In fu­ture, many endangered species of insects will be able to spend the winter in the boxes and build their nests there.

“With this campaign, we want to send a visible signal for environmental protection. Insect protection is a matter of concern for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity – just like all other sustainability topics,” said Bastian Stahlbuck from the Sustainability Working Group at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. “The hotels can be built relatively quickly and set up on the campus. What’s especially nice is that our group assembles the boxes together. In that way we also get to swop ideas.” To make the insect hotels, wooden boards are first sawed into small pieces and then screwed on top of each other. These can then be filled with various materials such as bark mulch, foliage or wood chips. “The hotels are also really easy to build for your own garden at home. You mostly already have lots of the materials you need or can buy them secondhand,” said Henning Moldenhauer, who manages the Sustainability Office. The office was set up in June to help the Sustainability Working Group at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity to launch and implement sustainable projects. It is located at Vo­gel­pothsweg 74, directly under the Mensa bridge. “We like it when visitors come by and contribute new ideas or simply take part in campaigns such as building insect hotels.” The plan is to organize a lot more campaigns in fu­ture for people to join in.

Bee hotels as art proj­ect

The self-built insect hotels will soon be distributed around the campus, but two boxes have already been installed – on the grassland between the library and Emil-Figge-Str. 50. In the frame­work of a seminar, Isabell Hesse, a student at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, produced two bee hotels as an art proj­ect. The students in the seminar were assigned the task of visualizing statistics. Isabell Hesse chose the statistics on forest bees in Germany for her topic. This is also the reason why her bee hotels also show how many wild bee species in Germany are endangered or threatened with extinction.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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