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Dear SCHWEGLER Customer,
With these lines of text a new model year starts for us at SCHWEGLER.
Our current catalogue, the 72nd edition since 1948, is ready! We can look
back on many exciting experiences, successful projects and interesting
new developments. While this issue naturally contains many new products,
we have already started on further improvements and developments
- not only for but also with our customers, as always.
Particular highlights in this issue are, for example, the Flat Bat Colony Box
3FF (see page 24), which combines a crevice roost, a popular place for
crevice-inhabiting species such as Barbastelle or Soprano Pipistrelle Bats,
combined with a larger hanging space for species that tend to frequent
caves, e.g. Noctule Bats. Based on our tried and tested fl at Bat Box 1FF,
among other things it has used its clever and fl exible hanger concept, and
self-cleaning. Due to the enlarged and textured interior, it is even more
highly adapted to the general and regional needs of the individual Bat
In order to meet the increasing demand for Jackdaw and Kestrel nesting
concepts, we have also extended our production programme here to
include appropriate nesting aids especially for attaching to the external
walls of buildings. The attractive shape and concealed installation facilitates
cost-effective and fast implementation of protective measures (see
Based on the latest hornet protection fi ndings, with our Hornet Starter Box
we offer the opportunity to implement an improved species conservation
concept: By settling the Hornets in a spatially limited, but very readily
accepted Starter Box, especially with unfavourable climate factors, the
Hornet queen can be offered cost-effective and safe accommodation for
establishing a nest (page 55).
We have also extended our range of feed and feeders for winter feeding
(from page 66).
Even products that have been successful for years continue to change.
We are pleased that you are interested in our products and hope that you
enjoy your exploration of our catalogue and all that it has to offer.
Our fundamental business idea and philosophy has been amazingly simple
from the outset and yet it is very straightforward: To produce the (world-)
best nest boxes and wildlife conservation products and at the same time
to respect nature. We attach a great deal of importance to our development
work, in order to produce worthwhile and species-appropriate
products for the animals.
After such a long time, it is not always easy to keep sight of this standard,
especially in our ever-changing world. Family owned for three generations,
knowledge of our roots guarantees continuity and gives our customers the
certainty that with its product diversity, SCHWEGLER is and remains a
reliable partner in practical nature conservation work.
For more than 65 years, SCHWEGLER has been "the" brand for bird protection
and nature conservation products in Europe. Private garden owners,
fruit farmers and nature conservationists use our products daily, as well
as forestry agencies, forest and woodland managers, nature conservation
organisations, universities, agricultural institutions and scientifi c research
groups in Germany and abroad. The practical experience and empirical
values acquired are incorporated in our products continuously and help us
to develop our offering further for optimum success and to offer improvements
and new solutions. We therefore explicitly ask that you tell us
about your experiences, so that we can offer you and our wildlife the most
optimum product possible.
Why do we use wood-concrete?
That's easy to explain: Our high-quality SCHWEGLER wood-concrete
nesting aids are resistant to weather as well as other negative phenomena
such as rot and Woodpecker attacks. The enormous success of our
products with maximum occupancy rates has been substantiated scientifi cally
for decades, among other things by innumerable recommendations
of leading international nature conservation associations, government
establishments, charitable organisations and enthusiastic customers.
The nesting aids do their job reliably for many years and decades, but at
the same time use few resources in their production. Their environmental
impact at the end of their life is minimal and even without special disposal
they do not constitute lasting foreign bodies in nature. We pay particular
attention to a healthy ecological balance and perform a life cycle assessment
of our production and when purchasing materials: We generally
use wood from domestic sources (usually with sustainability certifi cate
for panels) and ensure short delivery and sales routes for low energy
consumption. Our next boxes are made to last, but if a part does break or
need replacing, we can supply spare parts, even decades later.
Our wood and wood-concrete products are made exclusively in our factory
in Germany. Wherever possible we purchase raw materials and semifi
nished goods that have been produced in Germany or Europe, to fulfi l our
responsibilities here too. We pack our products with as few plastics as
possible and also reuse existing outer packaging (e.g. cardboard boxes).
Orders that are delivered by parcel service are sent CO2 neutral and if
products are shipped on pallets we optimise the packaging, for example,
using recycled paper and cardboard padding.
All this is not an idea thought up by our marketing department, but has
been an important part of our business philosophy for as long as the
company has existed.
We take our responsibility in this area very seriously and here too we
make every effort to meet our own high standards at all times. We and our
families live at the German production location and are therefore able to
guarantee compliance with environmental standards, as well as the health
of our employees, each and every day.
Because in our opinion nature conservation begins long before the actual
attaching of a nesting aid. The objective of our efforts is simple, and yet
sets the benchmark very high: We give wild animals the opportunity to
survive in our modern, changing world; not only now but in the future too,
to conserve them for our children and our children's children and to pass
on our enthusiasm for this too.
We hope you fi nd endless pleasure in living nature.
Your Gunnar und Sven Papenfoth
Finally, please note:
Due to strong demand, somewhat longer delivery periods can occur during
the spring months for some products. Please therefore plan your orders as
early as possible so that the shelters are available to the wildlife in good
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ments and new solutions. We therefore explicitly ask that you tell us
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