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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


This small-scale protected area close to the village of Radejov was designated for the conservation of a fragment of forest-steppe communities.

Zerotin is the only site in the Bile Karpaty (White Carpathians) Protected Landscape Area with a Downy Oak forest. Oak forest refers to a type of forest where the dominant tree species is the oak. The majority of oak forests in the Czech Republic are made of two locally most common species – the Sessile Oak (Quercus petrea) and the Pedunculate/English Oak (Quercus robur). Downy Oak derives its name from the fine, down resembling hairs on the bottom of the leaves and young twigs. Oak forests with Downy Oak are rather rare in the Czech Republic – they can be found only in parts of the country with the mildest climate (here in south Moravia and in central Bohemia).

Other rare plant and animal species at Zerotin include the Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) and some thermophilous (warmth-loving) insects – e.g. the New Forest Cicada (Cicadetta Montana) and the Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa).

Late Spider-orchid

Praying Mantis

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: state financed, conducted by local farmers (sub-contracted)

GPS position

N 48° 51.789', E 17° 19.626'



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