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Vorderstoder, Upper Austria - August 2016: Excursion to wild Loigistal valley in the nature reserve "Warscheneck North" which hosts natural mountain forests, ancient pastures and rugged limbstone wilderness. The valley is under threat by plans for skiing slopes and facilities in order to link two skiing ressorts nearby, Hinterstoder and Wurzeralm. Any deterioration of the protected area would violate the Alping Convention's nature protection protocoll, which was ratiefied by Austria.

Wilderness of Warscheneck

Wild nature under threat: Loigistal valley in the nature reserve „Warscheneck North“

Ancient forest of Ucea Mare in Fagaras mountains

Europe’s Wildest Forests: Fagaras

An expedition to the virgin forests of Romanian Făgăraș mountain range.

Video preview of my book: Unser Urwald. Veteran Beech, Abruzzo National Park, Italy. (c) Matthias Schickhofer

Video Preview: Virgin Forests in the Heart of Europe

Here you find a video with previews of some images of my book about the last virgin forests in the heart of Europe.

Wilderness Area Duerrenstein - Austria

Austria’s Great Wilderness

Wilderness Area Duerrenstein

Tolkiens Lothlorien in the Alps? Ancient forest "Rothwald" in Lower Austria. (c) Matthias Schickhofer

Pure Creation

Tolkiens „Lothloria“? Virgin forest „Rothwald“ in Lower Austria – the largest ancient woodland in the Alps. (c) Matthias Schickhofer

Wild Middle Kamp valley.

Living River

Hidden worlds, not far away from Europe’s urban centers…

Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, Bayern: Morgenlicht im Urwaldgebiet Mittelsteighütte bei Zwiesler Waldhaus. Früher diente die Waldwildnis als schlecht durchquerbare Schutzzone gegen eindringende Feinde. (c) Matthias Schickhofer

„Unser Urwald“ – Virgin Forest in the Heart of Europe

After three years of photo works on 77 locations in Europe my photography book is available.

Vienna

Vienna Wilderness

Hidden natural wonders of a big city.

Nationalpark Semenic-Cheile Carașului, Rumänien: Flugaufnahme des riesigen Nera-Quellen-Urwaldes. Das 5500 Hektar große Reservat bewahrt den größten Buchenurwald der EU. Außerhalb des Waldreservats finden sich im Nationalpark aber frische Holznutzungen in Urwaldbeständen. (c) Matthias Schickhofer

Virgin Forests of Romania

Europe’s largets remains of virgin forest. (c) Matthias Schickhofer

Vorderstoder, Upper Austria - August 2016: Excursion to wild Loigistal valley in the nature reserve "Warscheneck North" which hosts natural mountain forests, ancient pastures and rugged limbstone wilderness. The valley is under threat by plans for skiing slopes and facilities in order to link two skiing ressorts nearby, Hinterstoder and Wurzeralm. Any deterioration of the protected area would violate the Alping Convention's nature protection protocoll, which was ratiefied by Austria.

Wilderness of Warscheneck

Wild nature under threat: Loigistal valley in the nature reserve „Warscheneck North“

Ancient forest of Ucea Mare in Fagaras mountains

Europe’s Wildest Forests: Fagaras

An expedition to the virgin forests of Romanian Făgăraș mountain range.

Wilderness Area Duerrenstein - Austria

Wilderness Area Duerrenstein

Views of the reserve’s propsed enlargement area.

Cosava Mica, Romania - October 2015: Endangered ancient forest in the southern Carpathians.

Cosava Virgin Forest – Romania

Romania still hosts to the biggest share of remaining virgin forests in Europe: more than 60% of Europe’s last wild forests grow there. Cosava Mica is a large ancient beech forest (> 700ha) which is one of the largest remains of Europe’s ancient beech forest cover. 5000 years ago most of Europe was a mainly […]