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NPR Tabulová hora, Růžový vrch a Kočičí kámen

Tabulová hora, Růžový vrch and Kočičí kámen National Nature Reserve

Don´t let the names confuse you. There are both Kočičí skála (Cat´s Rock) and Kočičí kámen (Cat´s Stone) in Pálava. These slopes with protruding limestone cliffs form a small island of thermophilic vegetation including protected species surrounded by agricultural land.

Fossils or imprints of sea molluscs, cephalopods, and corals were found here in the past. In all likelihood the site had been used as a pasture which was later left lying fallow for many years. As a result the area was overgrown with shrubs, the Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and Dog Rose (Rosa canina). In recent years the overgrown areas were considerably decreased by clearing. Shrub clearing combined with grazing are used to maintain these new open lots.

Targeted care has helped to preserve many plant species on this small piece of protected steppes and rocks, for example the Greater Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla grandis), Pheasant's Eye (Adonis vernalis), Basket of Gold (Aurinia saxatilis), Rue-leaved Saxifrage (Saxifraga tridactylites), Milk-Vetch (Astragalus austriacus), flower Inula oculus-christi, Siberian Bellflower (Campanula sibirica), European Michaelmas Daisy (Aster amellus), Goldilocks Aster (Aster linosyris).

GPS position

N 48° 49.822', E 16° 38.228'