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Straznice Region


The flood-plain forests along the Morava River hide many secrets. In one area, called Oskovec, it takes the form of a nesting colony of the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) and the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). To secure protection of these bird species, 2 protected areas (nature reserves) have been designated on both sides of the river.

Oskovec areal

For a lot of people, the herons’ nests in the forests are not such an unusual sight. The stork ones, however, are – because in this part of the world the White Stork nests can usually be spotted on old tall chimneys, artificial man-made platforms, and electricity (power) poles. Yet originally, the storks used to inhabit similar floodplain forest and meadows along big rivers, building their nests high up in the treetops. The section of the Morava River at Straznice (Straznicke Pomoravi) is one of the last places in Central Europe where a forest colony of the White Stork can still be seen.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

GPS position

N 48° 53.990', E 17° 15.936'



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