Reserve News 2013

in the Tauglgries European Nature Reserve

Visitor management

New visitor guidance signs along the Taugl were tested with success in the 2013 season. At the upper, eastern boundary of the temporarily restricted (1 April to 31 July) access zone, the signage in the landscape consists of a wire cable and yellow signs with appropriate wording. This signage is visible from afar and safe from theft and flooding. The cable was installed with the help of ÖBF (Austrian Federal Forests) at the beginning of the prohibited access period and taken down on 31 July with the help of the Mountain and Park Ranger Service. At the downriver boundary of the prohibited access zone, the signs were bolted onto specially constructed reinforced steel stands and anchored in the gravel bed. A debt of thanks is owed to Mr. Heinz Thomasser of the Mountain and Park Ranger Service for setting up these stands. After the early summer flooding these signs needed repairing, which was accomplished with relatively little effort and expense. Since the Taugl bed is ca. 100 m wide in this area, the cable version would have been very labor-intensive and expensive.

Endangered grasshopper survey

The results of the grasshopper surveys conducted on the Taugl were positive in terms of the populations of the "pebble bank locust" Chorthippus pullus. This species, which is found nowhere else in the Province of Salzburg, was once again documented at several locations on the orographic left (Kuchl) side of the Taugl. Thriving populations were observed, particularly in the area where the management measures have already been implemented. Additional habitat improvement measures are therefore planned for the winter months of the coming years. These measures are also specified in the management plan, and the primary aim of them will be to link the isolated populations. As in the past years, unfortunately the blue-winged grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens) could no longer be documented.

Survey of gravel bank nesting bird species

The populations of gravel bank nesting bird species appear to be experiencing a downward trend. In spite of intensive searches, only one breeding attempt by the little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius) could be confirmed in 2013. The common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) was only observed migrating. How the populations will develop in the coming years remains to be seen. Along with trans-regional population trends and the flood situation, optimized visitor management will play a key role in this.

Jakob Pöhacker, NaturLand Salzburg 1/2014, pp. 19-20