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Institution: Institute of Paleontology
University of Vienna
Project lead: Thomas Filek
Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien
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Biodiversity at cemeteries

Since April 2021, the University of Vienna has been working on the project BaF - Biodiversity in Cemeteries in cooperation with Friedhöfe Wien (Vienna cemeteries). The aim is to document biodiversity (the occurrence of a wide variety of animal, plant and fungal species) and to investigate the active and passive impact of humans on cemetery areas as habitats. 

Cemeteries as habitats

Due to their location, size and natural green areas, Vienna's cemeteries provide a habitat for a wide variety of organisms. However, the exact number of living organisms in the areas of the cemeteries has not yet been researched - and we want to change this together with you. Such an inventory allows conclusions to be drawn about changes in species diversity and provides insights into the coexistence of people and nature. 

Project goal & participation 

BaF wants to get an overview of the biodiversity in Vienna's cemeteries. Therefore, we are interested in animals of all kinds (vertebrates, insects, etc.) including their remains and all legacies, but also in plants and fungi. In order to obtain a comprehensive picture of the possible species that occur and to raise awareness of species and environmental protection as well as sustaibability, we rely on the participation of citizens in the sense of Citizen Science. If you would also like to participate in BaF, please inform us about observations or findings of various species in cemetery areas - we are grateful for your assistance.

This is how it works: 

1) Discover a plant, animal or fungi at the cemetery site.

2) Send us a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the sighting form of our cooperation partner Stadtwildtiere.at

3) Give us information about time and place of your sighting.

4) We help with determinations and you help to protect the biodiversity of our city!

The team and the organisation

BaF consists of a small team of student assistants, lecturers and of course you. Project leaders are Thomas Filek and Doris Nagel, who, in addition to the organisation, also take care of the staff and the dialogue with you. Role of the citizen scientists: Report your sightings to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; use the website of our partner organisation Stadtwildtiere.at or if you want to be directly active you can use the app (you can download it via the Google Play Store and Apple App Store buttons on this page). Only together can we help to document and protect the biodiversity within cemetery areas.


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