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Around Bzenec Oak Forest


The Sand Pond (Pisecny rybnik), first mentioned in historical records in 1572, was created to raise fish and has served for fish farming ever since. The site is an important nature conservation area – one of the oldest in the region; it was designated a nature reserve in 1956. This meant that the once intensive fish farming (including the necessary management practices like mud and dead organic matter removal) had to stop. The socialist agriculture which introduced large fields vulnerable to soil erosion contributed to the pond becoming gradually choked by mud and dead plant material. The remains of fertilizers from the fields were rinsed into the pond and contaminated the water with high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus. The high nutrient content combined with low supply of oxygen creates a very hostile environment for wildlife.

To prevent further damage to wildlife, a low levee was built 1972, separating the worst affected northeast part of the pond from the rest. Today, this part is overgrown with reed and bulrush. The area surrounding the pond is a remainder of the alluvial plain which once extended over the whole region around the Morava River. Today, it is key for the survival of some species of amphibians. The reserve is also an important bird paradise – with more than 100 species, the site is part of a Special Protection Area (Site CZ0621025 – Bzenecka Doubrava – Straznicke Pomoravi) and a Site of Community Importance (CZ0623021 – Pisecny rybnik) in the European network of protected areas called Natura2000.

GPS position

N 48° 57.814', E 17° 8.906'



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