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Hornacko Region


This small scale nature reserve was designated to protect a well-preserved oak and hornbeam forest on the slopes of the Velicka stream valley.

The rather old fashioned Czech word “haj” could be translated as “grove” or “wood”, and had often been used for an open forest of deciduous trees, with rich undergrowth in which a great variety of plant species appear. The “haj” at Louka is no exception, boasting of the presence of many interesting flowering plants, like snowdrops or martagon lilies, in the spring.

Bastard Balm (Melittis melissophyllum)

Martagon lily (Lilium martagon)

Apart from the plants, the wood offers home to many species of animals – among them the Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla). Just like other woodpeckers (you could spot the Black-, Green, and Spotted Woodpecker in this area), Wryneck can easily climb trees. Unlike the other woodpeckers, however, it has a week beak, which makes it impossible for the bird to bore deeper in the wood. That is why it has to make do with whatever insects it can find on the tree bark. Although the Wryneck may not beat its fellow climbers at deep-digging for food, it can easily achieve something none of the others can: turn its head by astonishing 180 degrees! This is thanks to its flexible neck, which gave the Wryneck its name. The bird spends the winter season in Africa and returns at the end of April.

GPS position

N 48° 54.796', E 17° 29.317'



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