There are about 350 wild bee species in Luxembourg. In contrast to the farmed honeybee, they do not build up a stock of honey. They usually live alone and are much less prone to defend themselves by stinging. As these insects are important pollinators for a large number of plants, their protection and the preservation of their food sources and habitat is particularly important.
"bongerten"or fruit gardens are a typical element of our cultural landscape. there is hardly another habitat in which nature conservation and land use are so ideally combined. in addition to many species of animals and plants, they are also home to another cultural treasure: a myriad of different fruit varieties. according to estimates made by the "natur&emwelt" foundation, luxembourg's "bongerten" contain around 600 regional fruit varieties.
post philately has issued a book of self-adhesive stamps showing the diversity of luxembourg's mushrooms.
there are over 2,500 different species of mushroom in the grand duchy of luxembourg. the humid and temperate climate offers the perfect conditions for mushrooms to prosper in the forests.
they are essential to the ecosystem as they recycle organic waste matter in the forests. they also help the plants and trees to absorb the minerals that they require.