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Nature Trail Hvozdnice

Sandstone Quarries

Sand quarries represent a very interesting habitat, mainly for thermophilic insects and vertebrates. For a lizard Lacerta agilis is this place one of the last refuges of it´s occurence in Opava region.

The lizard Zootoca vivipara is of all types of reptiles much more widespread in this area, and migrates further north. Lacerta agilis lays eggs into holes in the ground, while Zootoca vivipara grows eggs in it´s body. Thus are the eggs protected from temperature fluctuations. Lizards are carnivores, eating small invertebrates: snails, worms, earthworms, larvae and insects. Both lizards are protected by law since they are critically endangered species.

The nature trail now proceeds uspstream the Hvozdnice river. We should not miss an old sturdy oak Fagus sylvatica, very rarely to be found in a mead. Young elmtrees Ulmus leavis, oaks Quercus robur and poples Populus nigra can be seen everywhere.

Lacerta agilis – vejce

Lacerta agilis – vejce

Zootoca vivipara

Zootoca vivipara

Fagus sylvatica

Fagus sylvatica

Useful information


Krajský úřad Moravskoslezského kraje, odbor životního prostředí a zemědělství 28. října 117, 702 18 Ostrava www.kr-moravskoslezsky.cz tel.: +420 595 622 297

GPS position

N 49° 54.472', E 17° 50.706'



Krajský úřad Moravskoslezského kraje
Odbor životního prostředí a zemědělství
28. října 117, Ostrava
Tel.:+420 595 622 297