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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


The Czech “Chladny vrch” means “The Cold Hill”. This small-scale protected area close to the village of Svaty Stepan is a nice example of native Carpathian beech forests.

The primeval forests resembling local forest stands are between 150 and 170 years old. They have been left to natural succession without human intervention; when the dying trees fall down, they create natural clearings with favourable conditions for new generations of trees (their own offspring).

One of the most precious species of this protected area is the Rosalia Longicorn (Rosalia alpine). The females of this beetle species lay eggs into trees or parts of trees which are dry, damaged, or dying. In a common commercial type of forest such trees would be marked, cut down, and taken away. Here they stay on site – which is why Chladny vrch has become one of the few places in the Czech Republic where the rare Rosalia Longicorn beetle can still be found.

Type of protected area under CZ national legislation: Nature Monument

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

Practical site management: limited or no human intervention.

GPS position

N 49° 1.663', E 18° 0.510'



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