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Around Bzenec Oak Forest


Today, most of the area south and southeast of Vlkos is covered by extensive pine forests. Although the original oak forests which once dominated the area disappeared and only small stands of oak can be found scattered among the prevailing pine trees, the forested area still bears the name Doubrava (Oak Forest), reminding us of what the local forests once looked like. They are home to some rare species of birds, among them the European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) and the Woodlark (Lullula arborea). Since both species are protected by European law and the local populations of these birds are the largest in the Czech Republic, the area was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) within the Natura2000 network (Site CZ0621025 – Bzenecka Doubrava – Straznicke Pomoravi).

Natura2000 is an EU-wide network of nature protection areas, which was established to conserve and protect substantial part of Europe’s natural heritage – wild fauna, flora, and their natural habitats, and so maintain the biodiversity in Europe. The legal framework is set by 2 EU Directives: Birds Directive – supporting the conservation of rare and vulnerable birds (in SPAs, like this one) and Habitats Directive – for high quality conservation sites (Sites of Community Importance – SCIs).

GPS position

N 48° 59.096', E 17° 10.044'



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