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Štramberský kras

Horní kamenárka (Upper Kamenárka, 480 m)

The territory of the Upper kamenárka was declared a natural monument Kamenárka in 2001. The object of protection is one of the outcrop of the tithonian block accumulations of Štramberk limestone with an occurrence of a large number of specially protected species of fauna and flora. The area is largely made up of an abandoned limestone quarry, the walls reach a height of up to 30 m. We find here traces of a manual stone breaking. The municipal quarry Skalky (today´s natural monument Kamenárka) was opened in 1820, mining was completed in 1929 when the municipality terminated a lease of a Štramberk lime-kiln company. The jurassic limestones in the vicinity of Štramberk are very rich in fossils. There were found more than 650 kinds of fossils, the most common are bivalves, brachiopods, cephalopods, corals and sea urchins. One of the rarest inhabitants of Kamenárka is the wall lizard, it is its only one habitat in the Czech Republic. It can climb almost vertical walls, is an excellent jumper. Currently, the number of individuals of lizards is estimated at 150. Another rare species is a critically endangered butterfly Parnassius apollo, living across the CR also only in the Štramberk Karst. Originally, there lived an endemic subspecies, which, however, in 1920's died out. Its extinction is attributed to mining limestone in the quarry Kotouč, loss of natural habitats and its host plant, Sedum, as a consequence of a decrease of grazing or a forestation of dry localities. Apollo, living now in the natural monument Kamenárka, was reintroducted in the area of Štramberk karst in 1986. Today's po­pulation comes from Slovakia, concretely the Strážovské Hills. After twenty years from the reintroduction, the size of the population stabilized at about 800 – 1000 individuals.

GPS position

N 49° 35.413', E 18° 7.437'



Geopark Podbeskydí/Občanské sdružení Hájenka
Ing. Dalibor Kvita