The forest in Berlin suffers massive damage from deer.
In the past year, an average of 49 percent of the young oaks, 21 percent of the young beech trees, 45 percent of the other deciduous trees and 26 percent of the young pines were damaged by so-called browsing by deer, the Senate said in response to a request from the AfD.
So that new trees can grow or newly planted trees are preserved, fences against the deer are necessary.
One reason for the damage is the shorter time that deer can be hunted compared to other federal states. In Berlin, the time for hunting roe deer begins on May 1st and ends on October 15th for bucks. An extension of the hunting times based on other federal states from April 1st to January 31st of the following year is therefore being examined, where hunting is more efficient.
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The example of the Pankow forestry office, most of whose forest areas are in Brandenburg, shows the effect of other hunting opportunities. “Browsing damage is significantly less there. The regeneration of the forest is thus possible over large areas without a fence.”
The forest areas, on which there are mainly pines up to now, are to develop into a mixed forest with newly planted deciduous trees such as oaks, beeches, hornbeams, small-leaved limes and elms by the year 2100.