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The village of Borsice u Blatnice (= Borsice near Blatnice) is one of the gates into the Bile Karpaty (White Carpathians) Protected Landscape Area. Just a little bit beyond the houses at the edge of the village, you can take a stroll in an oak-hornbeam forest or on typical Carpathian grassland. In1996, the unique nature conservation value earned the area its place on the list of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

the White Carpathians meadow

the Velka Javorina hill

Have you noticed that the Bile Karpaty Protected Landscape Area has an orchid in its logo? It is the Lady Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus), the largest European orchid, the flowers of which really resemble small yellow slippers. The flowers look pretty, but they are in fact clever traps for pollinators. The insects enter the “slippers” expecting to find sweet nectar – but there is none there. When they try to get out again the same way they have come in, the confined space of the flowers makes it impossible. There is an escape route, however, which will take them through to the narrow back part of the flower equipped with anthers (carrying pollen). That’s how the Lady Slippers get pollinated.

the Lady Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus)

GPS position

N 48° 55.732', E 17° 34.775'



VIS Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
Marie Petrů, DiS.
Bartolomějské nám. 47? 698 01 Veselí nad Moravou
Tel.:518 322 545