Moor & More - the moor on the Wilder Kaiser in St. Johann in Tirol
The Kaiser mountains span a length of some 14km. The moor in St. Johann in Tirol is home to a highly sensitive habitat. Hüttlmoos, Windwehenmoos, Steinbichlwald moors, to name but a few, are relics of times long past. They are 'remnants' of the last Ice Age. From forested areas with black alder, mountain birch and alder buckthorn, right the way through to cotton grass and sedge stocks, where your attention is drawn to the tender buckbean and the endangered calla palustris, and where all the micro-habitats come together. They create a mosaic between the woodlands their fantastic colours make them enchanting. Whether spring, summer or in autumn – they always provide us with new sights and it still remains mysterious and mystical.
What makes a moor so unique. Moors are the earth's wetlands and are a habitat characterised by water. They are unspoiled, fulfil many and varied functions, for us too. On the one hand they store carbon in the ground, thereby reducing the greenhouse effect. On the other, they can absorb an enormous amount of water and thereby reduce peak flow rates in the event of heavy rainfall. They also release the additional uptake of water slowly into the surrounding area, which means that relatively low amounts of water are filtered into the already full streams.