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NPR Mionší

Primeval or “primeval” forest?

The forest at Mionší is commonly referred to as primeval, but it isn’t really so. Why? A forest is called primeval if humans have not interfered with it. However, people have affected the “primeval” forest at Mionší for several centuries. Still, the forest in the reserve looks like most of the Beskid forest centuries ago. The fir and beechwood at Mionší is home to plants and animals that only live in the east of the country. You can more easily come across them in Slovakia and Ukraine. That is why these species are referred to as “Carpathian”. Mionší is the largest remnant of the Carpathian fir and beechwood in this country. To give you an idea, the size of the reserve (169 ha) is like 240 soccer fields. The status of a National Nature Reserve (NNR) is the strictest protection of a territory. From here on, the trail will take you along the boundary of NNR Mionší. Thank you for not entering the reserve and not disturbing the peace of the plants and the animals that live inside it. You are helping us preserve Mionší for future generations.

The Blue Slug

If you come across a slug that’s sky-blue or dark blue in the little affected Beskid forest, we assure you it’s not graffiti. It’s the Blue Keelback Slug. The Blue is an endemic species, meaning it is only found in a limited territory and nowhere else on planet Earth. The Blue Keelback Slug is only found in the Carpathian mountains, so you won’t see one in Bohemia and most of Moravia and Silesia either.

The Artist's Bracket

The Artist's Bracket is quite a common wood-decaying fungus, but can you imagine how big the one found at Mionší in 1961 was, given that its weight was 96 kilograms? Hard to believe, it was 180 cm long and 60 cm thick. (Author: Ing. Vojtěch Bajer)

GPS position

N 49° 32.363', E 18° 39.205'



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