Eifel region

The Eifel region has been strongly affected by man over a long time: The so called "Langstein" is an evidence of the Neolithic megalith culture at Wallersheim. On these sites we focus on the parts of the Eifel which geologically consist of limestone (this corresponds to the area between Mechernich in North Rhine-Westphalia and Prüm in Rhineland Palladium). Our "photo album" shows a selection of the biodiversity in this area for each month of the season.

  • Pyrenees, 2008 - 2016

    Pyrenees, 2008 - 2016

    Searching for Pyrenean lizards - third time's a charm!

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  • Sicily & Aeolian Islands, 26.5. – 6.6.2016

    Sicily & Aeolian Islands, 26.5. – 6.6.2016

    Mission Volcano! Smoking mountains and rare reptiles

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  • Astypalaia & Naxos, 25.3.-3.4.2016

    Astypalaia & Naxos, 25.3.-3.4.2016

    Hellas reloaded – Back in Europe’s biodiversity lab

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  • Spain, 29.8.-11.9.2015

    Spain, 29.8.-11.9.2015

    Biodiversity on the south-eastern tangent

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  • Montenegro, 2. – 11.7.2015

    Montenegro, 2. – 11.7.2015

    Lizard Safari in the mountains of Montenegro

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  •  Malta, 3. – 6.4.2015

    Malta, 3. – 6.4.2015

    The exclusive Podarcis filfolensis Home Story!

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  • Oman, 6.–15.3.2015

    Oman, 6.–15.3.2015

    Adventures in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula

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  • Central Spain, 29.8. - 14.9.2014

    Central Spain, 29.8. - 14.9.2014

    14 days in the heat of Castile

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  • Lefkada, Kefalonia & Akarnania, 24.5. - 3.6.2014

    Lefkada, Kefalonia & Akarnania, 24.5. - 3.6.2014

    Reptile adventures in Western Greece

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  • Mallorca / Alicante - 15.-23.03.2014

    Mallorca / Alicante - 15.-23.03.2014

    2014 Season Kick-off with 16 reptile species

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  • Corsica, 07.-17.09.2013

    Corsica, 07.-17.09.2013

    Mountains, sea and rock lizards

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  • Portugal, 13. - 20.07.2013

    Portugal, 13. - 20.07.2013

    Lizard hunting in Central Portugal

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  • Romania, 24.05. - 03.06.2013

    Romania, 24.05. - 03.06.2013

    Herping adventures from the Black Sea coast to the Iron Gate

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  • Menorca, 17. - 24.03.2013

    Menorca, 17. - 24.03.2013

    Visiting the Balearic lizards

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  • Peloponnese, 20. - 27.10.2012

    Peloponnese, 20. - 27.10.2012

    Autumn trip on Peloponnese

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  • Montenegro, 27.07. - 04.08.2012

    Montenegro, 27.07. - 04.08.2012

    Summer trip in the mountains of Montenegro

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  • Skyros & Evia, 26.05. - 04.06.2012

    Skyros & Evia, 26.05. - 04.06.2012

    Our search for the legendary giant lizards...

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  • Crete, 06. - 13.04.2012

    Crete, 06. - 13.04.2012

    Searching for flowers and lizards on Crete...

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  • Andalucia, 10. - 18.03.2012

    Andalucia, 10. - 18.03.2012

    A hot week full of herping highlights in Southwestern Andalucia

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  • Northern Spain, 02. - 13.09.2011

    Northern Spain, 02. - 13.09.2011

    Herpetological trip to the northwest of Spain: the mountains west of Leon, the Atlantic coast south of A Coruña and the Picos de Europa.

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  • Aegean Islands, 28.05. - 13.06.2011

    Aegean Islands, 28.05. - 13.06.2011

    Five islands in two weeks: Kythira, Pori, Milos, Kimolos and Sifnos

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  • Rhodos & Kastellorizo, 12. - 19.03.2011

    Rhodos & Kastellorizo, 12. - 19.03.2011

    Trip to the easternmost island of Greece...

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  • Central spain, 25.09. - 03.10.2010

    Central spain, 25.09. - 03.10.2010

    Iberolacertas within Sierra de Gredos, Pena de Francia and Sierra de Guadarrama

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  • Alps, 03. -17.07.2010

    Alps, 03. -17.07.2010

    Our first trip to the Alps led us to the Allgäu area, the Julian Alps and Carinthia

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  • Northern Peloponnese, 3.-11.4.2010

    Northern Peloponnese, 3.-11.4.2010

    Four Podarcis species in one area!

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  • Northern Greece, 01. - 15. 06.2009

    Northern Greece, 01. - 15. 06.2009

    Great trip to the Pindos mountains...

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  • Sicily, 28.03. - 04.04.2009

    Sicily, 28.03. - 04.04.2009

    Orchid trip to eastern Sicily

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  • Samos, September 2008 / 2009

    Samos, September 2008 / 2009

    Chamaeleons, Trachylepis and beautiful beaches...

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  • Spain, November 2008 / February 2009

    Spain, November 2008 / February 2009

    Lizards in the Alicante Province

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  • Eifel region

    Eifel region

    Our local "playground": botanical highlights, meadows with numerous butterflies and some herpetofauna...

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  • Neolithic megalith culture at Wallersheim

    March

  • Early spring flowers: Leucojum vernum

  • Gagea lutea

  • …and Pulsatilla vulgaris

    April

  • Cicindela campestris

  • Libellula depressa

  • Spring near Wallersheim:

  • …the perfect time for photographing Lacerta agilis (male)

  • Another male

  • Lycaena tityrus

  • Callophrys rubi

  • Hamearis lucina

  • Beech forest at Wallersheim with an interesting flora:

  • Corydalis solida

  • Lathraea squamaria

    May

  • May is the most beautiful month in the Eifel hills!

  • A masterpiece of minimalism: Erophila verna

  • Saxifraga granulata

  • Saturnia pavonia

  • Carcharodus alceae

  • Pseudopanthera macularia

  • Siona lineata

  • Tyria jacobaeae

  • Carterocephalus palaemon

  • Polyommatus icarus

  • Melitaea cinxia

  • Carabus coriaceus

  • Aquilegia vulgaris

  • Antennaria dioica

  • An atavistic Platanthera chlorantha

  • Dactylorhiza majalis and Dactylorhiza maculata

  • A hybrid of Ophrys insectifera and O. holoserica

  • Natrix natrix helvetica, Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Landscape at Gerolstein

    June

  • Female Lacerta agilis

  • Zootoca vivipara

  • Diacrisia sannio

  • Adscita statices

  • Zygaena loti

  • Maculniea arion

  • Plebeius argus

  • Albinotic Orchis ustulata

  • Ophrys insectifera

  • Melampyrum cristatum

  • Left: Melampyrum arvense; right: Orobanche elatior

  • Orobanche teucri

  • Dolycoris baccarum ovipositing

    July

  • In summer, newts can be found far away from water: Lissotriton helveticus

  • Ichthyosaura alpestris

  • Rana temporaria

  • Dark clouds in summer

  • Zootoca vivipara

  • Juvenile Zootoca vivipara

  • Teucrium montanum: a rare plant in the Eifel area

  • Perfectly designed Stachys recta

  • Allium oleraceum

  • Abraxas grossulariata

  • Pyronia tithonus

  • Araschnia levana

    August

  • Coronella austriaca

  • Coronella austriaca (about to shed its skin)

  • Coronella austriaca

  • Male Lacerta agilis – with pale colouration in late summer

  • Female Lacerta agilis

  • Anguis fragilis

  • In late summer, ambhibians still can be found: Alytes obstreticans

  • Bufo bufo

  • Salamandra salamandra

  • Polyommatus semiargus

  • Gonepteryx rhamni

  • Looks like a surreal sculpture: Parnassia palustris

  • It is hard to believe that such a diminutive flower is big enough for a fly: Acinos arvensis with Melanostoma mellinum

  • The last orchid of the season: Epipactis purpurata

    September

  • Carpocoris purpureipennis

  • Eurygaster maura und Palomena prasina

  • Papilio machaon

  • Autumn butterfly: Thecla betulae

  • Genianella ciliata

  • Gentianella germanica

  • Winter at the celto-roman temple in Nettersheim