Research and data gathering
Nature parks are sizeable areas comprising a combination of untouched and man-made landscapes that are rich in flora, fauna and habitats. As these areas also contain unusual geological elements and an extremely broad range of topological features, they are often studied by scientists.
The insights gained from such research and the data gathered for them is crucial when it comes to ensuring sustainable use of nature parks over the long term.
AQUILALP – The Golden Eagle in the Eastern Alps
Protecting flora and fauna species is a solemn duty – and a challenge – that extends across national borders. And when it comes to species such as the golden eagle, which uses habitats in wide ranging areas, international and inter-regional cooperation is necessary in order to develop and implement efficient protection strategies. The AQUILALP.NET (external link) project seeks to promote greater cooperation between nature conservation officials in the relevant regions. Coordinated and standardized counting of golden eagle populations in five key protected areas in the Eastern Alps (Rieserferner-Ahrn / Vedrette di Ries Aurina Nature Park and Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes Senes-Braies Nature Park; Stilfserjoch / Passo dello Stelvio, Hohe Tauern and Dolomiti Bellunesi national parks) will allow specialists to assess the effectiveness of trans-regional conservation strategies for the golden eagle. The AQUILALP.NET project also seeks to provide the general public with information concerning efforts to protect the Alpine flora and fauna.
Study of the fauna in Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park und Trudner Horn / Monte Corno Nature Park
This study was conducted from 1995 to 1997 by the Wildlife Biology Society - Munich on behalf of the provincial office for nature parks (today office for nature). The study contains data concerning the distribution of the species concerned and their phenological patterns (periodically recurring developmental manifestations in nature over the course of a year). In addition, a list was compiled of each animal species of which knowledge is currently lacking. The study report is in German.
In 1998 and 1999 Dietmar Gstrein from Innsbruck conducted a study of the Armentara meadows for the provincial office for nature parks (today office for nature). This plateau, which is located in Gadertal / Val Badia valley and is part of Wengen / L Valle and Abtei / Badia, is characterized by extensive meadows dotted with wetlands, still-water bodies, small stands of trees and bushes, as well as extremely divers fauna and flora. The area’s bird fauna are highly diverse. The study aimed to gather data concerning the flora and fauna species and the habitats in this area, with a view to elaborating conservation and protection measures based on the findings. The study report was written in German.
Study concerning birds of prey in Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and Puez-Geisler / Puez-Odle Nature Park
This study, which was commissioned by the provincial office for nature parks (today office for nature), was conducted from 1999 to 2001 by Dr. Antonio Borgo, with the goal of researching the daytime and nocturnal birds of prey species at both nature parks. Dr. Borgo analyzed the habitat of each species, which he then used to draw up potential-distribution maps. The study report was written in Italian.