Study trip in Mikulov (Czech Republic)

Study Trip Report


Between 1st-5st August Tamás Frank, Gábor Ősz and Valéria Csikos joined the Workshop on active managment of forest protected areas. It was hold in Mikulov in the Czech Republic.

There is an increasing awareness that simply setting aside forests for free development risks missing out on the conservation of associated biodiversity. Due to past land use and fragmented landscapes, natural disturbances and process cannot fully operate within single small set-asides. To support natural values, measures to actively manage forests for biodiversity conservation are being developed. This meeting collected researchers and practitioners working in this field for exchanging knowledge and experience through Europe.

The workshop consisted of discussion parts (mornings) and field trips (afternoons). In the dicussion parts were hold 20-minutes presentations. About our theme 'Conservation managment actions in oak foerests in Natura 2000 SAC sites of Bükk National Park Directorate' Krisztina Veréb hold a 20 minutes presantation.

On 3st of August the theme on the field trip was coppice with standards in Pálava, and we visited a restored parkland and Krivé jezero reserve in the afternoon.

On 4st of August we get experiences of special methods in Austria. We visited a privat forest nearby Drösing, where the method coppice with standards is used in floodplain forests. After it we visited the WWF reserve Marchegg.The floodplains of Lower Morava river are among the most species-rich river basins in Austria. Since 1970 the site has been managing according to the overall goal to maintain near natural conditions and to preserve biodiversity. In the past 40 years various managment strategies and practices have been discussed and applied.

On 5st of August we visited Záhorie military training ground. This place was a project area of the „Restoration and Management of Sand Dunes Habitats in Zahorie Military Training Area

LIFE06 NAT/SK/000115” project. Numerous restoration and management measures were implemented during the ZAHORIE SANDS project (2006 - 2011). These focused on the restoration of sand dunes and dry heaths, and improving habitat conditions for threatened plant and animal species. The habitats of open sand dunes and dry heaths were restored on a total area of almost 500 ha at three sites of Community importance within the project area. On around a further 200 ha, the ecological conditions of these habitats was substantially improved. Therefore, the main goal of the project - improvement of the conservation status at three sites of Community importance and of the habitats and species targeted - was reached at all project sites due to the management works implemented.

This workshop was very useful, we got information about different kind of intervention methods which have main goal to improve the biodiversity. We got relationship with researchers, which can be useful for organising studytrips, getting to know new informations in researches. And we got to know results of different researches in forests.