Edible dormice avoid treeless areas in order to protect themselves from predators such as owls.This study focuses on how edible dormice get from the forests to the buildings, which structures they use and which distances they cover.Among the 43 quarters surveyed in Carinthia there were 62 routes. Most common trees can be found along those routes. The branches come mostly flat against each other and provide the animals direct access to the buildings with as much coverage as possibleThe incidence of the meadows was especially high, because in half of all routes there was at least one meadow and even roads were crossed many times. Observations of quarter owners agreed, that telephone- and power lines have been crossed additionally and at a very distant quarter even an open was crossed covering nearly 100 meters. This is the longest distance ever recorded, which has been covered by an edible dormouse on a treeless area. This result disproves the theory, that open spaces are barriers for the distribution of edible dormice.65 per cent of the quarters had a distance of maximum 20 meters from the forest. This proximity to the edge of the forest seems to be a further reason for settlement, even if a few quarters are more than 60 to 100 meters afar. This study differed in two routes,: Firstly, the routes which are possible because of the structure which are not proven, and secondly, the safe routes, which are secured by observation of the quarter owners or which are taken by edible dormice due to the lack of other options to reach the quarter.The data collection and survey of the quarter owner was conducted in the field through a standardized questionnaire. Further data acquisition and processing was performed by the KAGIS.