Explore impressive natural landscapes in Klostertal and get to know their inhabitants.
Like a narrow band, the Klostertal mountain forests extend over the sunny side of the Klostertal.
The particularity of these forests lies in their warm and secluded location, which has always been of great importance for a large number of highly specialized species. In addition to structurally rich forests with a high proportion of deadwood, flowering meadows with rich meadows also contribute to the considerable diversity of the Klostertal mountain forests.
It is thanks to the owners of the Klostertal that these extensively used meadows and pastures have been preserved even today, even in the steepest parts of the valley. Thanks to this abundance of different habitats, almost half of all bird species of Vorarlberg's nature and landscape and numerous other wild and endangered animal and plant species can be found here.
Among the prominent inhabitants are woodpeckers such as the gray woodpecker and the black woodpecker, but also some owls feel very well here.
Due to its large area and tranquility, the European protected area Verwall on the border with Tyrol is an important building block in Vorarlberg's Natura 2000 network.
The 12,000-hectare and under-developed protected area stretches from Klostertal over the Silbertal to Partenen in the Montafon and encompasses a large number of different mountain habitats.
The largest larch and stone pine forests of Vorarlberg can be found here as well as numerous bogs and lakes, rushing mountain streams, extensive mountain pine, alder and alpine rose bushes, colorful alpine meadows and rugged rock habitats. This mix of natural and less intensively managed habitats and trouble-free retreats makes it possible to be shy and in need of rest Wild and bird species to survive here in the long run.
Because the mountains are a hard habitat in which only specialists such as the ptarmigan can withstand the adverse conditions, especially in winter. This includes the Krautweide, the "smallest tree in the world", which only looks a few inches out of the ground.
Further information at www.naturvielfalt.at/verwall.
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