Eight hectares of open space at the traditional research site of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in Seibersdorf are now being transformed into species-rich dry grasslands - a benefit for nature and for the employees on site.
Pannonian Thyme (Thymus kosteleckyanus): Pannonian or steppe thyme is a dwarf shrub with short, woody shoots.... Especially bumblebees like to visit the nectar-rich flowers. Frequent mowing prevents it from flowering and it disappears after some time, because without seeds no young plants grow again. © Alexander Mrkvicka
Eastern heath snail (Xerolenta obvia) Eastern heath snails have an important function in decomposing dead, dry plant material. In summer, they go into dry dormancy during hot weather, clinging to plant stems at heights of 20 to 50 cm to take advantage of the cooling wind and sealing their shells with a lime lid. © Alexander Mrkvicka
Sand cinquefoil (Potentilla arenaria): The small-growing sand cinquefoil often grows in dense pads that, along with its densely silvery leaves, reduce evaporation. It is also an important hiding and overwintering place for small animals. © Alexander Mrkvicka