Along with the compensatory and replacement areas created outside the airport fence, valuable animal and plant species have also become established there. Through the habitat diversity in the form of dry and wet zones along the catchment ditch system constructed around the airport as a flood protection measure, many animals and plants find the conditions they need to thrive.
Sand lizards feel completely at home on top of the dry, sun-drenched embankments. They choose mainly the upper reaches of the catchment ditches as habitat. In the lower lying wet zones, numerous plants can be found – including some endangered species – such as King Charles's sceptre, the Siberian iris, marsh gladiolus, and various orchids.