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The Desert and the River


The section of the lower Morava River between Bzenec-privoz, Straznice, Rohatec, and Hodonin is the last part of the river where the original river bed has not been straightened. The natural bends (meanders) can still be seen here. The area is known as Straznicke Pomoravi. The banks of the meanders host a number of interesting species of birds. The Sand Martin, (Riparia riparia), a close relative of the Swallow (Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica), and the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) burrow their nest holes in the sand walls of the outer banks of the meanders, which are the result of the undermining activity of the river. The inner banks, where the gravel, sand, and other material carried down by the stream are deposited, is the home of another interesting species, the Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos).

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

The Common Sandpiper, a small wader, wades through the shallow water with sand and mud on the shore and forages for food – small insects, aquatic animals, and other invertebrates. During breeding season the Sandpiper lays eggs (looking very much like small pebbles) directly among the gravel on the small river beaches. Unfortunately, the beaches attract not only the Sandpiper, but also the humans, who very often trample the eggs, as these are difficult to see. This is why we would like to ask you for your cooperation:

Please, stay off the beaches during the Sandpiper’s bre­eding season (1st April to 15th July). Thank you very much for sticking to this restriction. By doing this, you help the nature conservation authorities to support the survival of the Sandpiper in this area.

GPS position

N 48° 55.049', E 17° 16.308'



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Marie Petrů
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