Why are wild roses so valuable?
The bluebottle gathers the pollen of wild roses as food in June, as do many other insects.
The wild roses often grow on cairns. Here the weasel finds a welcome hiding place from enemies and a place to breed. As a predator, the weasel catches small infants such as field mice and makes it easier for farmers to control mice.
The red-backed shrike usually builds its nest in a dense thorn bush. From an exposed vantage point, it spies and catches large insects. It spits these prey on thorns or spines to crush them or keep them as a stock.
In June, the common rose gall wasp lays its eggs in the leaf buds. The leaf cells react with a peculiar tissue enlargement, the gall, in whose chambers the larvae develop.
Use and harvesting of rose hips
Wild rose fruits are harvested whole from mid-September to the end of October. For further use of the butts, coring is necessary.
The hike begins at the post bus stop «Zwischenflüh, Anger» and leads you first along the main road for 550 m inwards towards the valley. At the second bend, turn left onto the gravel path. You can already find a few roses through the woods and pastures. The real action starts after the turn-off at pt. 1399 – don't miss the turn-off onto the small path. On the pastures you have now reached, you will discover a great variety of roses. It is also worth looking there along the path towards the southeast. Back on the valley road, head towards «Seebode» and along the Fildrich back to the starting point.
If you want to shorten the circular hike, you can take the post bus from the former Tiermatti inn back to the starting point.
Motorway A6 Bern in the direction of Zweisimmen, 1 km after the Simmenfluhtunnel turn left direction Diemtigtal. Follow the Diemtigtal road into the valley for 14 km in the direction of Schwenden until Viehschauplatz Anger.
Free parking is available directly at the Viehschauplatz Anger.
By train to Oey-Diemtigen station (Spiez–Zweisimmen line). Continue by post bus to the «Zwischenflüh, Anger» stop.
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