Nature protection in harmony with people

We protect biodiversity and habitats

We protect the natural environment of the Wienerwald in its diversity and beauty and preserve the traditional cultural landscape. We create additional habitats for animals and plants that are unique to the area. We consider it important to involve people as competent partners for conservation.

The area of ​​the nature park is a typical cultural landscape of the Wienerwald. It is subject to the following categories of protection:

  • "Nature Park" according to the Nature Protection Act of the province of Lower Austria.
  • Landscape protection area
  • Part of the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve
  • Europe Protected Area
  • Natura 2000 area (flora-fauna-habitat, bird protection)

Rare birds and wild trees

The nature park is home to rare birds and wild trees. 

  • Rare birds: Black stork, White-backed woodpecker, Middle-spotted woodpecker, Black woodpecker, Gray-headed woodpecker, Collared flycatcher, Red-breasted flycatcher
  • Rare wild trees: European bladdernut, Dog rose, Wild service tree


There are four habitat types classified as important throughout Europe in the nature park:

  • "Mullbraunerde-Buchenwälder" grow on alkaline and fresh soils. 
  • "Hainsimsen-Buchenwälder" occur on sites with poor alkalinity and on acidic soils with a moderately dry to moderately fresh water balance. 
  • "Labkraut-Eichen-Hainbuchenwälder" are dominated by the sessile oak and hornbeam, interspersed with other tree species such as wild cherry, European red pine and wild service tree. 
  • "Pannonisch-balkanische Zerreichen- und Traubeneichenwälder" are built up from sessile oak and Austrian oak; hornbeams are largely absent.

There is also a forest-flower meadow, which is another important habitat.

Species with high protection requirements

A nature protection study carried out in 2018 showed that there are 26 animal and plant species of European importance in the Nature Park.

Of these species, 8 were classified “high”, 1 as “very high” and 1 as “priority” protection needs.

High protection requirements:

Animals: Yellow-bellied toad, Agile frog, Great capricorn beetle, Stone crayfish, Spiketail damselfly.
Plants: "Waldhornkraut" (Cerastium sylvaticum),
Forest communities: Hainsimsen-Buchenwald, Labkraut-Eichen-Hainbuchenwald.

Very high protection requirement:

Dicke Tönnchenschnecke (Orcula dolium)

Priority protection requirement:

Black ground beetle (Carabus variolosus)