In June, 2012, we traveled to the Austrian Alps with members of the German Spinnen-Forum and the Austrian Spinnenstammtisch for a spider-expedition, with the back-up of some local National Parks. However, we started our expedition outside the Alps, in the beautiful natural-cultural region of the Wachau, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is a picturesque valley formed by the Danube. Near the town of Dürnstein, we found species-rich xeric slope steppe habitats among the vineyards.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hundsheimer Mountain, Austria III. (Hunsheimer Berg, Österreich III.) (Hainburgi-rög, Ausztria III.) 05.2010.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Hundsheimer Mountain, Austria II. (Hunsheimer Berg, Österreich II.) (Hainburgi-rög, Ausztria II.) 05.2010.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hundsheimer Mountain, Austria I. (Hunsheimer Berg, Österreich I.) (Hainburgi-rög, Ausztria I.) 05.2010.
This May we traveled to the Hundsheimer Mountain near the border of Austria and Slovakia. This 480-meter-high mountain belongs geologically to the Little Carpathians, yet it is located on the other side of the Danube. Its flora and fauna resembles that of the Carpathians and the Pannonian Plain, so it is unique in Austria's wildlife. The soil is based on limestone and the vegetation is composed mainly of species typical of the calcareous grasslands in the Pannonian Floristic Province. This first post focuses on plants from Hundsheimer that primarily grow on hillslides and rocky slopes, not on the open grasslands. Hundsheimer is a nature protection area which borders the Nationalpark Donau Auen.