Where to find Solanians who never watch the globe in winter

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation BfN

Have you ever seen feeding grounds for red deer, fallow deer or roe deer in the forest? Most of the time these are manger with hay that is regularly refilled. You can recognize feeding places for wild boars by the large quantities of chestnuts and acorns. But feeding wild animals in the forest is controversial. Why?

Natural selection

On the one hand, because natural selection is disturbed. Natural selection means that under harsh conditions sick and weak animals die, but the healthy animals survive. These then have healthy and strong offspring in spring. Without feeding, the wild animals are healthier in the long run.

Forest damage

Winter feeding can also worsen forest damage: the more animals survive the winter, the more animals need fresh feed again in spring. However, a forest can only feed a certain number of wild animals. If there are more, the animals also nibble on buds and seedlings that they normally would not have touched at all. So the young trees wither and the forest owner cannot sell them.


Feeding is often done anyway - because the hunters who fill the feeding places want to have a lot of game in their forest for hunting. Actually, wild animals do not need much food in winter because they hardly move and thus save energy. In summer and autumn, on the other hand, they have to put on fat pads for the winter and therefore eat a lot more.