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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


A protected area designated for the conservation of one of the largest complexes of White Carpathian species-rich meadows.

Certoryje is an important botanical site. The meadows are among the most species-rich grasslands in Europe – experts have counted as many as 76 plant species in 1 square metre of the grassland. In total, there are over 500 plant species here. The orchid species at Certoryje include the Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys fuciflora), Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis), and Military Orchid (Orchis militaris). Other interesting species are e.g. the Gladiolus Gladiolus imbricatus and Hungarian Saw-wort Serratula lycopifolia.

In the past, the biodiversity was significantly decreased by excessive use of fertilizers. The nature conservation efforts aim at a return to a more favourable status.

Type of protected area under CZ national legislation: National Nature Reserve

Managed by: the state, through Bile Karpaty (White Carpathians) Protected Landscape Area Administration

Practical site management: state financed, conducted mainly by CSOP Bile Karpaty – a local branch of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation; includes clearing of scrub, regular mowing with particular attention to the small wetlands (hand mowing, biomass removal), occasional removal of the dead solitary trees, and planting new trees

the Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

the Military Orchid (Orchis militaris)

GPS position

N 48° 51.080', E 17° 24.074'



Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
Marie Petrů
Bartolomějské náměstí 47, 698 01 Veselí nad Moravou
Tel.:518 322 545