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Holý kopec Nature Reserve

Holý kopec Nature Reserve

This nature reserve protecting rich oak-beech and beech forests mixed with Oak and Small-leaved Lime is situated on the ridge and slopes of Holý kopec hill (548 m), at elevations of 360–548 m above sea level. The forest complex includes a rich spectrum of forest types and rare plant and animal species. Although the tree species are native, the forest stands are man-made: they have been planted and are relatively even-aged, 120–150 years old. It is currently the only forest in the Chřiby which has the perspective of developing into a forest community with the self-regulation processes of a virgin forest ecosystem. Designation of a reserve in this area was already proposed by Prof. Alois Zlatník from Brno in 1944. It became truly protected as late as 1976. Old trees are an important breeding place for Common Raven (Corvus corax), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), and White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos). Also Hazel Grouse (Bonasa bonasia) has been observed here. Outstanding amphibians are Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra), whereas Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) is an important reptile. Invertebrates include Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus) and Tau Emperor (Aglia tau), a common butterfly here. The nature trail leads around the reserve. Its total area is 92 ha. The reserve is part of the Chřiby Site of Community Importance (CZ0724091) covering a total area of 19.2 ha.

Useful information

More information on the nature reserve at: http://nature.hyperlink.cz.

GPS position

N 49° 6.234', E 17° 17.468'



Expedice Chřiby
Jaroslav Hrabec