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Management Plan for the Mattersburg Hills

What is at issue?

The Eurasian scops owl is one of the most important protected species of the Natura-2000 site “Mattersburg Hills” (Mattersburger Hügelland). Its preservation is closely linked to the protection of the characteristic orchard meadows - most of which are no longer in use. In order to maintain this structurally diverse habitat for the scops owl, innovative ideas and a motivated local population are required.

What is the benefit?

We provide site managers with a foundation for their management decisions in this complex environment. Prioritization is the basis on which long-term emphases and main focuses for the conservation work can be planned and justified. Examples from other regions of Europe provide ideas and motivation for the population.

Pictures from the project


What do we do?

On the basis of technical criteria, we divide the site into distinct habitat zones. We then analyze each zone comprehensively and describe the protected species and major influencing factors. We define conservation goals for the individual protected species, from these we then derive targeted conservation measures and finally make recommendations for success monitoring and create concepts for various conservation programs. They include descriptions of innovative projects from different European regions that aim to tackle similar challenges. We designed “idea boxes” with special regard the local population. They deal with the major potential problems and risks confronting the site. The “idea boxes” are intended to stimulate imitation and help develop original ideas. The management plan is created during an intensive participatory process which not only motivates participants to take an active part, but also offers an opportunity to identify and voice any problems or concerns. As we believe that it is wise to sleep on important decisions, we ask the participants to take our jointly elaborated ideas, objectives and measures back home with them and invite them to discuss any emerging issues or open questions with us in a follow-up event.

The project was successfully completed in 2016.

«Now finally I know how the bird chirps.»

Otto Prieler, Chamber Director of the Burgenland Chamber of Agriculture

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