Nature Trails

Kotvice educational nature trail

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When the Kotvice Nature Trail was opened in 1983, it had two introductory stops and six additional stations along the way. This educational trail served until 1997 when it was severely damaged by flooding and did not reopen until 1999, with new markings and two new stations.

The nature trail begins in the former game park, originally belonging to the manor house in Nová Horka, and represents remnants of natural riparian woodland. Some of the commonly found trees include large specimens of the English Oak and the White Poplar, which reaches the northern limits of its range in this area. The ecosystem is complemented by the Small-Leaved Lime, European White Elm, Black Alder, European Alder and the European Ash. The shrub layer of the ecosystem is represented by deciduous shrubs with the Alder Buckthorn and European Spindle being most common. The herbaceous layer is composed of an abundance of riparian plant species with the Common Snowdrop, True Oxlip, Common Lungwort and Ramsons as the dominant species. The waterlogged conditions are suitable for the Yellow Iris and the Water Violet, also known as Featherfoil. Nesting in holes and crevices are the Eurasian Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl, European Jackdaw and several members of the tit family. Birds of prey inhabiting the area include the Common Kestrel and the Common Buzzard.

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