Researchers from the Ukraine in the Wilderness Area

From the 5th to the 14th of May 2018 mycologist Iryna Yatsiuk and ornithologist and primeval tree climber Yehor Yatsiuk were visiting the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area.

The young married researcher couple is from Kharkiv in the Eastern Ukraine where they are working at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University ( and in the Gomilsha Forest National Park (, Mycologist Iryna Yatsiuk is working on Myxomycetes and Discomycetes. Ornithologist and tree climber Yehor Yatsiuk is working next to the Gomilsha Forest National Park in the Ukraine also in the Bialowieza Primeval Forest in Poland where he is working on tree hollows. Iryna and Yehor Yatsiuk visited different areas in the wilderness area of different altitudes and habitats including the Leckermoor and areas around the timber line.

Highlight were three days in the Rothwald Primeval Forest with an interdisciplinary researcher team. In two nights owl species were monitored with the owl team of the wilderness area (Thomas Hochebner, Gerhard Rotheneder, Claudia Schütz, Ingrid Kohl) whereby a Pygmy Owl and several Tengmalm’s Owls and Tawny Owls were found. The mycologists Iryna Yatsiuk and Alexander Urban (University of Vienna) found rare fungi species and several first evidences of fungi species for the Rothwald were found. Ornithologists and tree climbers Yehor Yatsiuk and Stefan Knöpfer ( were controlling tree hollows in great heights. Wildlife biologists Barbara McAllister and Christoph Kainz were supporting the owl monitoring and the tree hollow controls.

Within the researcher team a very interesting and inspiring exchange of ideas took place as well as an exemplary collaboration during the fieldwork in the wilderness! Thanks to everyone!

Photos: Yehor Yatsiuk, Alexander Urban, Christoph Kainz, Ingrid Kohl