Mikulov

Protected Species

It is the variety of natural conditions and diversity of landscape features that determines relative abundance of the protected plant and animal species. Attractive among plants is Dactylorhiza incarnata, the early marsh-orchid growing on the meadow among reedbeds. Predominantly represented are animals, in particular the groups and species depending on wetland or water environment. Inconspicuous are representatives of various insects, of which the flat bark beetle (Cucujus cinnaberinus) lives under the bark of dying poplars, protected under the Natura 2000 protected sites network.

Among amphibians, we regularly find here the green tree frog, both species of toad, several species of common frogs and the rare spadefoot toad. Wetlands and canals with water are home to grass snakes and in particular to the landscape “builder”, Eurasian beaver, who constructs dams and beaver ponds here. The traces of beaver teeth on trees are well visible everywhere. The western marsh-harrier is frequently seen flying out of and over the reedbeds, while the water rail, bearded tit and little bittern live in them. The hanging nests made by penduline tits are seen on trees around the pond, and on the water surface we will catch glimpses of greylag geese and various duck species, the most interesting of them being red-crested pochards or gadwalls, grey herons and great white egrets. Flute-like calls of golden orioles are heard from the tops of tall trees.

Great Egrets adorn every wetland

Great Egrets adorn every wetland

Water rail

Water rail

Cucujus cinnaberinus

Cucujus cinnaberinus

European tree frog

European tree frog

Libelloides macaronius (An Owlfy)

Libelloides macaronius (An Owlfy)

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