Project "Viel-Falter"

establishing an Austria-wide monitoring of diurnial butterflies



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The vision of project Viel-Falter is to establish an Austria-wide monitoring of diurnal butterflies which is sustained by scientific institutions and schools. This network will provide an important contribution to a permanent and financially feasible biodiversity-monitoring in Austria and will increase the awareness of the importance of biological diversity and the protection of valuable habitats. Viel-Falter will not be able to fully realize this vision, but it will take some essential steps in that direction. These steps are:

  • The development and examination of simple but scientifically correct and meaningful evaluation methods to record and assess butterfly habitats.
  • The development and evaluation of an efficient data collection system for butterfly habitats close to residential areas. It will be accompanied by a web-platform and an educational complementary program and will serve as a pilot project for the Austria-wide application as part of a biodiversity-monitoring scheme.
  • The establishment of a lasting (beyond the project period), purpose-driven cooperation between the involved partners: science, schools, environmental education institutions, and public administration.

To reach these goals, surveys of butterfly habitats will be conducted by scientists and pupils at 40 representative locations in Tyrol. Data will be analyzed, scientifically interpreted and published together.


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a project in the frame of the funding programme Sparkling Science, publicly sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research