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Natural monuments Moravian

Site of Community Importance Staré hliniště

Basic information

The site consists of a terraced recessed mineshaft of an abandoned clay pit. On average it is 4 metres deep with steep slopes surrounding it.

Subject of protection

Endangered Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) is the subject of protection in this site. Its biotopes are declining in numbers as a result of changes in landscape water regime which include drainage of meadows and forests, creep regulation and laying pipes in place of little streams, turning meadows into forests, soil improvement, agricultural chemicalisation and similar activities. Last but not least, its biotopes suffer from car industry, elimination of smaller water areas in landscape (communal waste filling, recultivation etc.), unfriendly fish pond farming (high fish stocks) and fish stocking in quarry lakes and sandpits. Another cause of decline or extinction of this species population is water quality deterioration. In general, newt species suffer from their natural biotope disappearance and intrusion.

Amphibians and reptiles

The site of Staré Hliniště provides particularly great living conditions for many amphibian and reptile species. Here we can find Smooth Newt (Triturus vulgaris), Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) and Alpine Newt (Triturus alpestris), Earasian Green Toad (Bufo viridis) and Common Toad (Bufo bufo), Yellow-bellied Toad (Bombina variegata) and Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina bombina), European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea), Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), Common Viper (Vipera berus) and Sand Lizzard (Lacerta agilis).

Triturus cristatus

Triturus cristatus

Natrix natrix

Natrix natrix

Staré hliniště

Staré hliniště

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 50° 6.532', E 17° 41.614'



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