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National Park Thayatal
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Research in the National Park Thayatal - A Knowledge for Future Generations

Preparation of luring sticks
Thomas Mölich preparing luring sticks
Preparation of luring sticks
A major nature conservation task in the National Park Thayatal is to support the undisturbed dynamics of habitats. In addition the National Park also ensures the protection of species and ecosystems. The objective is to preserve a diversity of flora and fauna for future generations. This is only possible by protecting from anthropogenic disturbances, improving the quality of habitats and protecting from unwanted natural developments (e.g. invasion of neophytes).

The key elements of nature protection for the National Park administration are:
  • A survey of biological diversity.
  • The implementation of management measures taking into consideration habitat requirements of fauna and flora.
  • The designation of resting areas and an efficient controlling of the use of marked tracks.
  • The management of neophytes.
  • The development of measures for protecting biodiversity and taking part in biodiversity protection programmes.


Electrofishing in the Thaya
Fishermen electrofishing in the Thaya
Electrofishing in the Thaya
Intensification of agriculture and forestry is threatening the life of numerous species of fauna and flora in Central Europe and many semi natural habitats were destroyed. Thanks to the strict prohibition of any interference, nature in the National Park Thayatal remains almost free from human influence. This is why national parks also serve as examples of how nature and landscape can develop without human interference.

Findings for unutilized ecosystems as well as commercially used areas outside the National Park can be determined from the examination of processes and regulation mechanisms in almost undisturbed ecosystems, and help to identify the interactions between man and nature.

Mapping of vegetation ecology
Thomas Wrbka identifying plants
Mapping of vegetation ecology

Research Focus

Many of the studies carried out helped establishing the basic principles of habitat management. In order to assess the development of communities and the configuration of species, and present the successful results of management measures, long-term monitoring is carried out in the form of recurring follow up studies.

These works provide already an overview of habitat configuration in the National Park. At present the focus is on recording the biodiversity of the National Park. Detailed studies provide information on species inventory and the factors responsible for this rich biodiversity.

Further readings

Abstracts of completed research projects can be found under Downloads (in German only):

Download of scientific studies (German only)