With a myriad of green spaces Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is home to some fascinating wildlife.
As the majority of people move to live and work in urban areas, fleeting moments with nature in the heart of our cities will be vital for good mental health and happiness.
With waterways and ponds, some of Vienna’s parks are home to a variety of amphibians.
In Western Europe European hamster populations are in sharp decline and require protection. Some quiet spaces in the city provide a refuge for this species.
As winter approaches the European hamsters are busy collecting fallen hazelnuts from footpaths.
Smaller species often go overlooked, but fascinating invertebrates like European praying mantis can be spotted close to the city, sat atop plants in wait for prey.
Around Vienna ground squirrels make their home on places like playing fields and are increasingly at risk from land use changes and building projects.
In Austria ground squirrel populations are increasingly fragmented. Small isolated populations can quickly become extinct.
Ornate fountains in formal gardens act as a great bird bath for hooded crows in the heart of Vienna.
In Schönbrunn Palace gardens woodland birds can be spotted foraging for food above sandy trails crowded with tourists.
Beside popular tourist attractions squirrels leap across the paths as they forage for food.
Graceful roe deer make their home in the cities cemeteries.
While cities around the world expand and encroach on the surrounding countryside, nature can find a home in our urban areas.