Federgeisterchen, © Binderlehner

Species and habitats

In the middle of the Weinviertel is the Nature Park Leiser Berge.

1970 was decided that it will be a Nature Park because of their beauty of the landscape and the ecological environment.

The Nature Park is part of the European Protecting Area Weinviertler Klippenzone because of the dry grasslands. This east-european prarie is unique.

On the rough pasture of the Nature Park are growing different chalk loving plants. Early in the spring grows the Greater Pasque flower (Pulsatilla grandis).From Wikipedia: It is a perennial plant that grows on calcium-rich soil in dry grasslands, in rocky outcrops, and in pine and oak forests. It flowers from February to April, in the time of the Easter (which gives it its name), with intensively blue to violet flowers. Its silk stalk is protected from the cold by velvety trichomes (hairs).

Besides a lot of insects and butterflys you can find Spermophilus citellus. Spermophilus is a genus of ground squirrels in the squirrel family.

You can find a huge amount of Juniperus communis in the Nature Park. More than 1.200 pieces was counted. On special areas Sheep are grazing again and help to save the dry grasslands.