In the heart of the 3.500 hectare forest reserve in south-western Lower Austria, you can find Austria’s only strict nature reserve (IUCN 1a): the primeval forest Rothwald
The primeval forest Rothwald is the largest remaining primeval forest in Central Europe. This area has remained untouched by axe or chainsaw since the last ice age. The primeval forest is surrounded by natural forests and stocks that are becoming wild forests once again.
You can discover the IUCN 1b area for yourself during one of our tours (which also offer a view of the Rothwald), and on the limited official hiking trails.
News from the Wilderness Dürrenstein
For the second time the Wilderness Area was lucky to experience the various activities of owlproject.org in Johannesburg. Within two decades of owlproject.org more than hundred thousand school children learned about the life of owls and their position in the...read more
In November 2018 the Raptor Research Foundation Conference took place in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Wilderness Area was represented at the conference with two owl projects - the ural owl and the owl monitoring project. Various topics around raptor...read more
Many thanks to our Ukrainian friends and collaboration partners ornithologist Yehor Yatsiuk and mycologist Iryna Yatsiuk as well as their colleagues for the friendly invitation to the Gomilsha Forest National Park, the State Museum of Nature of the Kharkiv...read more
In mid-October new owl nest boxes were fixed for Ural Owls and Co. Thanks to all supporters of our owls, companies in the region and from further away, whose interest and support are an invaluable contribution for our owls. Thanks to Stefan Knöpfer...read more
The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was established in 1934, making it the world's first raptor sanctuary. It is located in eastern Pennsylvania along the Appalachian flyway, is 464 m high and currently 1,052 hectares large. On average, approximately 20,000 raptors are...read more
For the first time the Wilderness Area was represented at an International Ornithological Congress. The IOC takes place every four years and this year it took place from the 20th to the 26th of August 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. The Wilderness Area presented the two...read more