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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


This protected area is one of the oldest in this part (Moravia) of the Czech Republic. According to available records, no forest management (apart from occasional cutting down of some dead trees) has been conducted here in the past 200 years. The original special protection status was granted by the estate owners in 1909 and later changed into legal protection by the state.

The long period with limited or no human intervention has contributed to the present wilderness-like character of the beech and maple stands. The trees in this “close-to-nature” forest vary both in species and age; old beeches, maples, and other trees die and decompose, making space and providing living conditions for new seedlings. This means that the forest is allowed to regenerate naturally.

If you come here in spring, you can see Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in the undergrowth. Apart from different plant and fungi species, the old forest offers home to a number of animals, including the interesting Carpathian Blue Slug (Bielzia coerulans) and rare birds, like the White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos) and the Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus).

The very top of the Javorina hill was deforested back in the Middle Ages, creating a grassland unique in the White Carpathians, where these days the lucky visitor can spot the Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara).

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: no (occasionally strictly limited) human intervention

GPS position

N 48° 51.665', E 17° 40.326'



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