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Conservation Facts

Population: 32.842
Total Area: 160 km2
Population density: 205 per km2
Protected Area: 43%
Nature Reserves: 9
Largest Nature reserve: Aeulehag 0.03 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Edwin Giesbers

Liechtenstein Galleries

How much nature would you expect on 25 by 12.5 km? In the case of Liechtenstein, the fourth smallest state in Europe, you will truly be surprised: More than 1.600 plant species, 55 mammals and 140 breeding birds have been recorded between 430 and 2,599 m.

Coniferous forests dominate the slopes and lower parts of the principality which set apart 27% of its 68 km2 of forested area as forest and special forest reserves – quite a high percentage on an international scale.

Probably the country’s most valuable habitats, the Ruggeller Riet and Hasler Mahd, are stil largely dependant on water coming from the upper Rhine river drainage, nurturing a wonderful mosaic of small bogs and wet meadows (rough pastures) in the lower parts of the country. They are home to endangered plants like orchids (up to 24 species), the Siberian Iris, Meadow Gladiole and Fire Lily, which have elsewhere disappeared from large parts of their range due to turning former wildflower meadows into intensive agricultural grounds.

Another reserve rich in biodiversity is the Schwabbrünnen/Äscher. Ponds, creeks and ditches and small patches of forest and limestone sinters provide a variety of many small and so-called micro-habitats where rare fauna and flora thrives undisturbed.

All of the alpine areas of Liechtenstein have been declared an integral floral reserve ensuring the protection of species like gentians and Edelweiss. Hikers can see many of the country’s 800 alpine plant species on the Princess Gina Path, enabling them to discover some of the rarest and most beautiful flowers of the Alps. The principality is also heaven for those who enjoy eating delicious mushrooms: from the 11th to the last day of each month, visitors are allowed to collect edible mushrooms like the lovely Boletus in amounts of up to 1kg per day – a paradise for all hobbyist chefs!

Whereas the Stone Chat only established itself along the dam of the river Rhine some 20 years ago, species like the Golden Eagle, Rock Ptarmigan and even the endangered White-backed Woodpecker still survive in the mountains and forested valleys in this little big country.