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The Oder River - Poolší Bird Area 4

Rychvald Ponds System 10

Basic information

Rychvald ponds system is powered by the Rychvald stream and it includes the following ponds: Nový rybník (New Pond), Dub (Oak), Kout (Corner), Kališok, Prostřední rybník (Middle Pond), Špice, Statkové rybníky, Skučák (between the towns Orlová and Rychvald), and Podkostelní rybník (Pond under the Church). Malý Cihelník a Velký Cihelník can be found south of Rychvald. Fishpond cultivation has had a long tradition in this area, its ponds were established already in the 15th and 16th century. Carps, tenches and small fish were bred here. Ponds also retained water to power the water mills. The whole area is mostly important from the ornithological point of view. Skučák Pond and its close surrounding were declared a nature reserve in 1969 with the aim to protect plant communities with Yellow Floating heart Nymphoides peltata, amphibians and waterfowls. Apart from that, the whole area belongs to Heřmanský the state – The Oder River – Poolší Bird Area, which is situated in the northeastern part of the Moravian-Silesian region near the Polish border. This area is based upon the Oder river (in the lenght of cca 10 km) and the Olza river (in the lenght of cca 16 km) including adjacent river floodplains. Karviná ponds system and the stretch of the Petrůvka river border are connected from the east, pond systems in Rychvald, Bohumín – Záblatí and Heřmanice are connected form the south. This bird area covers 3100,8670 hectares.

Subject of protection

The following species are the main subjects of protection in this bird area: the Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus, the Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis and the Bluethroat Luscinia svecica. Except from that, many rare amphibians, birds and other animals can be found there. The highly endangered Gallinago gallinago can be spotted here.

Gallinago gallinago

Gallinago gallinago is a migratory bird in the wader family Scolopacidae, living in peat-bogs, moors, wet and waterlogged meadows, and on the edges of ponds. It nests in grass on the ground from April to July. It winters in the Mediterranean, mainly in Italy and France. It was spotted on the move near Rychvald ponds. In the past, Gallinago used to belong to game-birds, around the year 1935 about 1500 of them were caught every year. It has been forbidden to hunt it since 1975 and now it belongs to highly endangered species, protected by law.

Useful information

Contact information

Regional Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Department of the Environment and Agriculture 28. října 117, 702 18 Ostrava www.kr-moravskoslezsky.cz Phone: +420 595 622 297

GPS position

N 49° 52.602', E 18° 24.629'
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Contact

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