Ab in den Wald – aber richtig! - NIKIN EU

Off to the forest – but right!

A walk in the forest, whether in the snow in winter or under the cool canopy of leaves in summer, offers so much - and it's completely free! That's why it's all the more important that it is preserved in its shape. This calls for appropriate and respectful behavior in the forest.

A walk in the forest, whether in the snow in winter or under the cool canopy of leaves in summer, offers so much - and it's completely free! That's why it's all the more important that it is preserved in its shape. This calls for appropriate and respectful behavior in the forest.

 

With your help, NIKIN helps ensure that trees are planted. Every product you buy from us ensures that a tree is planted somewhere in need in the world. Forests are important to us, not just forests in South America or Asia, but also our native forests. We love them, we use them, they are a source of relaxation and regeneration. But how do you behave properly in the forest?

We're just visiting!

With all our love: whenever we go into the forest, enjoy the green splendor and enjoy the silence or the encounter with forest animals, we should not forget that we are just guests in the forest. From this you can quickly deduce how you should behave in the forest. Just like we would with dear friends who we value and respect. Forest protection and sustainability go hand in hand!

We enjoy the forest for a few hours. Others, however, live in him and with him. This obviously applies to the forest animals that have their habitat here, but also to the plants and trees. All of them together form a unique “forest” ecosystem.

And it's that easy to help ensure that the forest stays as it is. For his animals and plants. For us and our children.

  • When you are out in the forest, alone or with friends, stay on the paths. Away from the paths, under the trees and in the thickets, small animals and plants find their habitat. Some of them we don't even notice. Under no circumstances should we trample through their “good room”.
  • In the forest you want to enjoy the silence and the sounds of the animals. A fully turned up radio really has no place here. It bothers other forest hikers – and it bothers the wild animals even more. If you really want to walk through the forest with music playing, take headphones with you.
  • Driving or using other vehicles such as motorcycles on forest paths is generally not permitted. Riders should also stay on the designated bridle paths - because of the risk of accidents.
  • Dogs enjoy a forest hike just as much as their humans. But they should do this on a leash. Young wild animals in particular become paralyzed when faced with a threat and are easy prey for unsupervised dogs.
  • What applies to your dog also applies to you - stay away from forest animals. Cute cubs that seem abandoned are not alone. The mother is usually nearby and hides until you leave again. If you encounter adult wild animals that show no signs of shyness, you should take charge yourself. This is a side effect of rabies!
  • The plants should not be damaged either. Tearing off branches and flowers or, worse, “decorating” the bark of trees with carvings is not a good idea. Not only does it disfigure the plant, but it also makes it more susceptible to pests or fungal attack.
  • Collecting berries and mushrooms for your own use is permitted in the forest. But here too you should proceed carefully and only use forest fruits that you can actually eat and that are ripe. It's better to leave unripe berries on the vine - for other visitors. When it comes to mushrooms, don't pick the whole thing, leave some standing. In this way, mushrooms can ensure that spores are sown and that porcini mushrooms and chanterelles grow again next year.
  • And finally the really big taboo: No fire! No cigarettes, no matches, no grill. At least not in the forest. There are designated and paved barbecue areas for a barbecue party, which are always set up at a sufficient distance from vegetation. You can use these, but here too you should ensure that no glowing coals are tipped into the undergrowth or that smoldering matches are carelessly thrown away. The images of the summer 2018 wildfires should really convince everyone to be extra careful when dealing with fire. In addition to the destroyed vegetation, a forest fire causes thousands of deaths to wildlife.

It's not that difficult to be careful with the forest. So that we can still enjoy it tomorrow and in a hundred years. And if you see others who don't know the "forest etiquette", point it out to them!

Great activities in the forest

It's just nice to walk in the forest with your eyes open. If you take a plant guide with you, you will discover things that you never noticed before. Identifying forest birds based on their voices is also a lot of fun, especially on walks in the forest with children.

If you're lucky, you can take advantage of guided forest walks in your area and - usually from a forestry expert - learn a lot about the forest that casual walkers don't.

For the more sporty, there are numerous leisure activities, from forest sports trails to treetop climbing (including equipment and safety) - often on the edges of the forest, where the animal inhabitants of our forests are not disturbed.

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