About usThe Heinz Sielmann Stiftung
"Nothing leaves a deeper impression than the personal experience of being out in nature."
Guided by these words by Prof. Heinz Sielmann, his foundation and its projects pursue three key goals:
1) Protecting and restoring refuges for rare species of animals and plants
Preserving the final refuges of fauna and flora is a key concern for the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung. Across Germany, the foundation is committed to preserving unfragmented landscapes, renaturing military and industrial wastelands and developing biotope networks, for example around Lake Constance and along the former border between East and West Germany.
Internationally, the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung participates in projects that focus on renaturing natural habitats by reforesting degraded landscapes.
2) Raising awareness among the public for the protection of biodiversity / Guiding people towards a positive approach to nature
The Heinz Sielmann Stiftung aims to promote public interest in nature conservation and recruit public support for these urgent issues. The foundation makes the relationships found throughout nature easier to understand for the public and highlights concrete measures to encourage participation. Accordingly, environmental education plays a key role in its projects, both within Germany and around the globe. Like Heinz Sielmann himself, who was a wildlife filmmaker, the foundation takes advantage of influencers and media outlets to draw public attention to its messages. In particular, children and young people are given the opportunity to experience the diverse facets of nature, encouraging an appreciation of the value of nature at an early age.
Many of the landscapes maintained by the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung in Germany feature designated hiking trails that enable visitors to have individual encounters with nature. A diverse programme of events with expert guidance is offered throughout the year.
The Heinz Sielmann Stiftung is based at Gut Herbigshagen near Duderstadt, a location with plenty of opportunities for new experiences in nature. The site combines organic farming, educational activities on biodiversity, and recreational activities in nature, making it ideal for family outings, conferences, parties, and school trips. The foundation’s youth organisation, the Sielmann Nature Rangers, has 20 different teams that offer the chance to gain deeper insight and experience with nature.
3) Preserving the Heinz Sielmann nature film archive
Over the many decades of his career, Prof. Heinz Sielmann travelled to every continent of the world to capture the behaviour of animals with his camera. The Heinz Sielmann Stiftung has been gradually digitising the most valuable parts of this unique footage using state-of-the-art technology to preserve it for the future. The film archive is currently being expanded with video documentaries of the foundation’s daily work, especially in the Sielmann natural landscapes.