One of the most important reasons why the populations of Hungarian meadow viper have decreased, is the loss of former habitats of the species. In the conservation program we would like to reverse this process, and ensure suitable future habitats for the vipers by grassland reconstruction. Recent populations of the vipers occur on grasslands formed by a mosaic of drying marsh-meadows and sandy pastures, where the relatively diverse features of terrain and grass cover provides high prey-abundance and several different microclimatic options.
During the implementation of LIFE and LIFE+ projects, we started to reduce the area covered by tree plantations, formed by alien species. We seeded grass on the cleaned territories. On the long-term state ownership can ensure maintenance of viper habitats, therefore we purchased ploughlands in Kiskunság. You can read more about our multi-site habitat reconstruction efforts on the following pages: