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  • Note on location accuracy: Data sets do not have area-specific delineations and are not suitable to be intersected with the cadastre. Designation of habitat axes in Carinthia. GIS-based modeling with subsequent validation and final designation of migration axes by the "Büro für Wildökologie und Forstwirtschaft"

  • In spring 2019, the NP Thayatal GmbH commissioned the Büro für Wildökologie und Forstwirtschaft e.U. (Office for Wildlife Ecology and Forestry) to prepare a wildcat corridor plan in the Wald- & Weinviertel in Austria and the districts of South Bohemia and South Moravia in the Czech Republic as part of the Interreg project MaGICLandscapes. For the study area in Austria and the Czech Republic, the habitat potential of the European wildcat is to be estimated in the form of a habitat model. Based on the habitat model, a corridor analysis will show the possible distribution routes of the cat. As a further step, a strategy and action plan will be developed to provide a basis for improving and expanding migration corridors and thus dispersal opportunities for the wildcat along the green infrastructure. Within the framework of the MaGICLandscapes project, the research results serve as a basis for the planning, construction and management of green infrastructure. For the National Park Thayatal, they serve as input for the further procedure in wildcat management and are taken into account in the wildcat population support concept. See further information: https://lebensraumvernetzung.at/publikationen/Leitner-2020-Wildkatzenkorridorplan-Endbericht-2021-04-19-web.pdf

  • First of all, a GIS model was created, which aims to use a least-cost path algorithm to determine the general course of the corridors as precisely and in as much detail as possible. This is particularly necessary because the area under investigation, at more than 30,000km², covers more than a third of the total size of Austria - and thus could not be processed in a justifiable time frame on an expert basis alone. In a next step, the results of the GIS model will be used as a basis for further expert work. This offers the possibility to additionally take into account local particularities as well as findings from workshops, etc. This way, a result can be elaborated that can be used as a basis for the development of the GIS model. In this way, a result can be developed that is spatially accurate even at a scale of 1 : 10,000 - and not only in the bottlenecks. - ConNat-AT as Shapefile:ConNat-AT-KorrEngstKern-UTM-N33.zip Zip -File: complete dataset of all narrows, corridors and core areas in Austria (Esri Shapefile, EPSG 25833 (UTM N33, ETRS 1989)). Attributes: Name (designation), Cat (category: 1 core area, 2 corridor, 3 narrows), Info (link to further information), ESPrior (narrows priority: 0 no narrows, 1 primary narrows, 2 secondary narrows), Area (in ha). - ConNat-AT and Lower Austrian axes as shapefile:NOeWildKorrMittellinieEPSG25833.zip Zip file: Corridor axes in Lower Austria: ConNat and already existing axes from Lower Austria Atlas (Esri Shapefile, EPSG 25833 (UTM N33, ETRS 1989)). Attributes: Name (designation), SymbolID (0 international corridor, 1 supraregional corridor, 2 regional corridor), Buffer (radius in metres), LASTUPDATE (last change).