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SET OFF WITH YOUR FAMILY TO SEE HOW SHEEP AND GOATS SIMULATE THE ACTIVITIES OF TANKS AND OTHER MILITARY MACHINERY IN FORMER MILITARY GROUNDS. IN THE NET4GAS CLOSE TO NATURE PROJECT BELECO (FORMERLY DAPHNE ČR) HAS GONE ON TO ITS THIRD YEAR OF THE “NATURA IN GREEN – MANAGEMENT OF EUROPE’S SPECIAL AREAS OF CONSERVATION INFLUENCED BY FORMER MILITARY ACTIVITIES” THAT BEING IN THE FORMER TANK TRAINING AREA AT NAČERATICKÝ KOPEC NOT FAR FROM ZNOJMO IN THE SOUTH MORAVIA REGION AND THE FORMER BLŠANSKÝ CHLUM TRAINING GROUND NEAR LOUNY IN THE ÚSTÍ REGION.

In May ecologists began the next management phase of the localities using sheep and goat grazing, which took place at the same time as the removal of seeding shrubs. At first glance the devastated former military areas are often an important refuge for rare plant and animal species that are on the Red List of threatened species. This is why both sites belong to the important European localities that are part of the Natura 2000 network. 

Both places are an interesting tip for a day out. At a height of 290 m “Načeraťák” is easily accessible. This distinctive landscape feature with ten partial hillocks mostly separated by shallow thalwegs with a very gradual slope has several points offering views of the surroundings – such as the city of Znojmo or the River Dyje valley.

Thanks to the flat terrain surrounding the highest point of Blšanský Chlum (293 m) it is possible to gaze at a gorgeous circular vista that takes in the town of Louny, the peaks of the Czech Central Mountains, the Ore Mountains and the ruins of Hazmburk Castle.

Just like the other peaks of the Czech Central Mountains, Blšanský Chlum is volcanic in origin. The hill is so jagged due to quarrying, which was still taking place here at the end of last century. A yellow hiking trail leads from Louny to the top. The localities are now peaceful and suitable for walks with the kids.

Detailed information in English on these and other locations in the Net4GAS Closer to Nature programme can be found on the web pages at www.blizprirode.cz

 

TEXT: NETGAS, PHOTO: NET4GAS, BELECO

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