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Nature parks, Reserves, Protected areas

Of all regions within Czech Republic, the region of Plzeň boasts of most natural parks, and 177 smaller protected areas. Scenic attractions can be found quite near Plzeň and other towns. With its 300 hectares, the Střela canyon is the largest natural reserve in the region. Small rivers and streams abound in romantic spots such as the Gutštejn castle in the Hadovka valley, or the meanders of the Kosí and Úterský streams. In more important locations, paths have been established with panels informing the visitors about the history and natural rarities of the location.

The declaration of the Šumava National Park and its inclusion among the UNESCO-protected biospheric reserves is a proof of the restored environment in the region, and so are various rare wild animals re-appearing in their original habitats. Thus in the Šumava you can meet with lynx, otter or wood-grouse, in the Český les with beaver. Some lakes have been declared bird preserves, and in the fishponds and streams you can see again crayfish who are noted for their sensitivity to water pollution.

Even the briefest of reviews, highlighting some of the more interesting locations, should allow the reader to appreciate how varied the countryside of the Plzeň region is. The oldest national natural reserves are the Černé and Čertovo lakes in the Šumava. Then consider Hromnické lake north of Plzeň, the site of a former slate quarry where the slate was used in the production of sulphuric acid; Příšovská homolka, the southernmost volcano of the Czech massif, or the hill of Krasíkov which is also of volcanic origin. The rock formations of Andrejšky below the Radyně castle, Loupensko and the Tupadelské rocks have been declared protected natural sights. Rocks used as training grounds by mountaineers can be found on the sides of the Kozelka table mountain near Nečtiny and on the Polínský hill. Also worth seeing are the rocking stones and the huge granite blocks at the locations called U báby and U lomu near Žihle. Interesting limestone formations are found in the Sušice and Klatovy districts at places including the romantic lake near Čepice, Strašínská cave (currently closed for the public) or the Loreta mine with bat colonies. Small lakes on the Zbirožský stream near Rokycany are known as sites for trilobites, while the founding places for fossilised remains of Carboniferous flora and the “Bašta” outcrop of a bituminous coal seam rank among the most popular sights of the Radnice district.

The region also comprises parts of the scenic preserves of Křivoklátsko and Slavkovský les.

 

Last edited by: Beránek Filip (30.06.2010)

 


 

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