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There are not that many pretty, species-rich meadows which have survived till the present days. Some 50 years back, species-rich meadows still constituted a significant part of the landscape of the White Carpathian foothills. Since the 1950’s, most of them have been ploughed in, grown over with shrubs and trees, and forested. The meadows and pastures on the slopes of Babi hora have met with the same fate and the Navdanky site is the only fragment of the former grassland which has been spared. If you come here at the beginning of summer, you can admire the pretty flowers of the Yellow Flax (Linum flavum) and the scarlet flowers of the Purple Viper’s Grass (Scorzonera purpurea).

the Purple Viper’s Grass (Scorzonera purpurea)

the Yellow Flax (Linum flavum)

The site is home to many interesting species of animals, including a small bird called the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio). You are most likely to spot it sitting on some of the thin branches of the hawthorn and blackthorn shrubs, observing the surroundings from its high perch, waiting for its pray. It usually hunts for beetles, locusts, and grasshoppers, but it is known to occasionally pluck up its courage and try for a small mouse. If the hunting session is particularly good, providing more food than can be used in a day, the Red-backed Shrike “stores” the rest of its catches by spearing them on the sharp thorns of surrounding shrubs.

the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)

The site’s high value for nature conservation helped Navdanky get legal protection (it has been designated a Nature Monument). The site could be also considered part of the cultural heritage of this region, as it is a testimony to the labours of our ancestors who farmed it and looked after it. This makes it very much part of traditional culture, alongside e.g. the traditional costume and nice folk songs.

GPS position

N 48° 56.789', E 17° 34.721'



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