Dynamic process in forest development as a basis for the protection of the adder Vipera berus berus Linnaeus, 1758 in the Bavarian Forest National Park Dynamische Prozesse in der Waldentwicklung als Grundlage fuer den Erhalt der Kreuzotter Vipera berus berus Linnaeus, 1758 im Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald

Scherzinger, W.; Voelkl, W.

Mertensiella 1 Dezember; 15: 296-301


Accession: 038165317

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The Bavarian Forest National Park is one of the few remaining areas in Central Europe outside the Alps where the adder inhabits mainly primary habitats. Typically, the snake is found in thepeat bogs (with a center in the valley of the river Grosse Ohe) and on naturally open spots in theforest which result from storm damage or from heavy infestations by bark beetles. One of the majoraims of the national park is the protection of natural dynamic processes in the forest, which favour the development of a mosaic of clearings. Thereby, a high density of new potential adder habitats is provided, especially in the higher mountainous areas. The Bavarian Forest National Park has therefore a specific model function for the protection of the adder.