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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


The small-scale protected area was designated to protect two orchid meadows on the left slope of the Kloboucky stream valley.

There are some small wetlands here, which form an essential part of the reserve. The precipitated calcium carbonate (tufa), which covers the soil in the springs, is something one would expect in some karst caves, rather than in a meadow spring. Here, the tufa crust appears thanks to the chemical properties of the bedrock. The whitish chalk substance gave the site its name – Bile potoky meaning “White Streams”. The tufa springs contribute to the diversity of both plant and animal species at this site.

Interesting plant species include the Great Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia), Common Cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium), and some orchids – e.g. the Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris) and Broad-leaved Marsh-orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). In the drier part of the meadow the rare Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) can be found.

Type of protected area under CZ national legislation: Nature Reserve

Practical site management: CSOP Kosenka – the local branch of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (= the landowner); includes regular mowing with particular attention to the small wetlands (hand mowing, biomass removal)

GPS position

N 49° 7.215', E 18° 1.305'



Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
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