The effects of new hydropower plants and other projects on the population of the Dice Snake (Natrix tessellata) is a controversial issue. Werner Holzinger tries to summarize the history and presents his conclusions concerning the effectiveness of EU species protection regulatories in the light of these project realisation practices. Date: Friday, Jan 19th, 2018.Austrian Society for Herpetology ÖGH-News (PDF)
The S36 motorway in Upper Styria will be reconstructed between St. Georgen ob Judenburg and Scheifling. We prepare, in co-operation with Lacon, the ecological issues (plants, animals, habitats) for the Environmental Impact Assessment.
In 2017 and 2018 we survey birds, large mammals, bats, amphibians, reptiles, dragonflies, leaf- and planthoppers, carabid beetles, butterflies, grasshoppers and other taxa.
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Later on, we assess the impacts of the new road track and develop, within a large interdisciplinary team of experts, mitigation measures.
This project is being executed by order of the Österreichischen Bundesforste AG (ÖBf) within the framework of the LE 14-20 program.
We investigate several animal groups (butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, harvestmen, snails, amphibians, reptiles, capercaillie and hoofed game) along forest roads and in adjacent habitats from the lowlands to the mountains.
In 2015 and 2015 we surveyed the populations of several butterfly species of annex II and/or IV of the FFH directive (Scarce and Dusky Large Blue, Cluded Apollo, Large Copper and Jersey Tiger).
Our fascination for biodiversity – ranging from the imperial eagle to the smallest cicada – goes hand in hand with our professional commitment. As an ecological institute for planning and assessment, we espouse a sustainable, scientifically profound handling with issues of nature conservation. We strive to bring our convincement in line with socio-political and economical requirements.
On January 21, 2013, the results of the project AlmWaal were presented in Dietenheim, South Tyrol. Main issue were historical cultural techniques of irrigation in alpine pastures by use of channels (Waalen).