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Straznice Region

THE MORAVA AT STRAZNICE

The section of the Morava River at Straznice is the last unregulated stretch of the river in its lower part, before it leaves the Czech Republic some 50km further south. There the Morava is met by its tributary the Thaya/Dyje and eventually flows into the Danube near Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

“Unregulated” means that the river here has not been straightened and has kept its natural look with a number of bends (meanders). The impression of a relatively “wild” river is enhanced by the surrounding forests with typical floodplain species (willows, poplars, ashes, oaks, and field maples), lianas (clematis and hops) hanging down from tree branches, and almost impenetrable undergrowth with 2-metre-high stinging nettles. Clouds of buzzing mosquitoes add to the wild atmosphere.

floodplain forest along the river Morava

This “wilderness” is very important for wildlife and hides such jewels as rare nesting colonies of the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) and the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). Today, people usually expect to find stork nests on chimneys, but storks originally built their nests on large trees along big rivers. The part of the Morava at Straznice is one of the last places in Europe where such forest colonies of the White Stork can be seen. This is why the area was included into the Natura2000 European network of protected areas.

GPS position

N 48° 54.531', E 17° 18.700'
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Contact

Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
Marie Petrů
Tel.:518 322 545
e-mail:visbk@bilekarpaty.cz
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