full of life

Blossom splendour in the Nordwald Nature Park, © Mag. Axel Schmidt
Knabenkraut-Population im Naturpark Nordwald, © Verein Naturpark Nordwald

Species and Habitats

Nordwald Nature Park - Landscape rich of life

The Nature Park municipality is home for many rare animal and plant species

The Nature Park area is characterised by a low mountain range location with often impressive granite castles on the hilltops and remnants throughout the landscape, as well as by a small-scale, mosaic-like and partly extensively used cultural landscape with a variety of landscape elements in original field form.

It offers a home to many habitat types protected throughout Europe in grassland on both dry and wet sites, extensive forest areas partly on slopes and predominantly formed as spruce forests - partly going towards moorland forest - as well as lowland moorland sites in depressions and transitional moors at the Stierhüblteich in Karlstift.

Typical for the Nature Park are the protected goods of the extensive cultural landscape and here mainly the meadow sites (as well as fields), furthermore the forest habitats and small areas of ponds and moors. The following animal species in need of protection can be mentioned exemplary ...

  • corncrake (Crex crex),
  • raised bog large ground beetle (Carabus menetriesi pacholei)
  • northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus),
  • European wildcat (Felis silvestris),
  • green sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
  • moor frog (Rana arvalis),
  • short-winged conehead (Conocephalus dorsalis),
  • lesser mottled grasshopper (Stenobothrus stigmaticus),
  • small emerald spreadwing (Lestes virens),
  • Eurasian teal (Anas crecca) and
  • common snipe (Gallinago gallinago).

There are also a number of protected plant species found in the Nature Park area, such as ...

  • Bohemian Gentian (Gentianella praecox subsp. bohemica),
  • dwarf nipplewort (Arnoseris minima),
  • red bartsia (Odontites vernus),
  • common lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica) and
  • brown moor clover (Trifolium spadiceum).