Gschmå Platzl Blinklingmoos
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Grasshopper diversity – tettigonia cantans
Blinklingmoos // Bank 1
Tettigonia cantans is one of the largest domestic grasshoppers. It can grow up to 35 mm long. Its name derives from its loud song, which can be heard for up to 50 m from mid-July. These insects subsist predatorily, e.g. on aphids. As with most grasshoppers, the tettigonia cantans deposits its eggs in the ground, thereby contributing to the propagation of the species, before the adult insects die with the first frosts.
Species-rich wet meadows – an endangered biotope
Blinklingmoos // Stele
The nature reserve Blinklingmoos is home to a mosaic of hill moor areas, low moors, wet and bedding meadows. These are among the most species-rich biotopes of the Salzkammergut. They are not fertilised and are only mowed once a year in autumn. This special form of maintenance allows for numerous different plant species, which wouldn’t be able to survive on more frequently mowed meadows, to develop. This floweriness offers a rare habitat to many animals, especially inspects.
Floweriness – the Siberian Iris
Blinklingmoos // Bank 3
An impressive plurality of rare plant species can be found in Blinklingmoos. A particularly attractive species is the Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica), which is highly endangered in all of Europe. This strikingly violet blooming plant is dependent on wet meadows, which aren’t fertilised and mowed late in the year. It is a progenitor of many iris species planted in gardens. Wild irises are fully protected and may not be picked or dug out.
A butterfly’s paradise – the Ocellate Bog Fritillary
Blinklingmoos // Bank 4
The Ocellate Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia) lives at cold and damp meadow edges, where the pink-blooming meadow bistort grows. While the full-grown animals nourish on the nectar of many different plants, the caterpillars only eat the leaves of the meadow bistort. This butterfly endangered in all of Austria can be observed on the Blinklingmoos meadows from the end of May to the beginning of June.
A set table for birds – the common rosefinch
Blinklingmoos // Bank 5
The head, chest and rump of older common rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) males feature the characteristic crimson colour, by which this bird species can be easily recognised. It mostly nourishes on plants with seeds and buds of bushes, although deciduous trees are particularly popular. The common rosefinch is a companionable bird that can be found in small troops outside pairing season. As many other bird species do, they form monogamous pairs during the long breeding season (from March to August).
Meadow beauty – the broad-leaved marsh orchid
Blinklingmoos // Bank 6
The broad-leaved marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis) is a typical species of orchid that can be admired in wet meadows in spring. The marsh orchid is very well adjusted to nutrient-poor conditions. It forms a partnership (symbiosis) with a specific root fungus, which is able to solubilise the nutrients in the ground better, thereby making them available for the marsh orchid. As all species of orchid do, the marsh orchid reacts very sensitively to meadow fertilisation and drainage.
Precious biotope – reed beds
Blinklingmoos // Bank 7
Here and there, close-to-nature reed beds can be found in the nature reserve on the Wolfgangsee shores, carrying great significance for a multitude of animals. They serve as a nursing ground to fish and offer a precious breeding ground to birds. A number of small animals, such as dragonflies, spiders and clams, live between the reed stalks as well. For this reason, bathing in Blinklingmoos is only allowed at designated spots.
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