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Educational Trail Věstonice Reservoir

Birds of the Věstonice Reservoir


Nesting on this reservoir has quickly become an important wintering ground for water birds. Among the most numerous there are Mallards and Nordic Geese which are represented by Bean Goose and White-fronted Goose. Some migrate from distant Siberia. It is also the biggest wintering ground for Goosander and Smew. As far as the birds of prey are concerned the Sea Eagle flies over from northern Europe and several pairs nest in the nearby floodplain forests.


The most plentiful species in terms of nesting is Black-headed Gull. In the beginnings there were up to twenty thousand nests. Their numbers gradually go down across the whole of the Czech Republic; the local nesting ground is still the most significant. Individually, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull and Common Gull can be spotted here. There is also the biggest nesting ground for Common Tern although the rise of the water level in 2001 heavily decimated their nesting opportunities (flooding of gradually descending sandy shores). Furthermore, Greylag Goose, Mallards, Gadwalls, Red-crested Pochards, Common Pochards as well as Tufted Ducks nest here.

GPS position

N 48° 53.063', E 16° 36.292'



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