GeoPark Papuk

Wildlife and habitats

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The geomorphologic, climatic and vegetation characteristics of Geopark Papuk provide excellent natural habitats for numerous plant and animal species. Forest vegetation covers more than 96% of the area. The dominant tree species is beech. Almost all representatives of mid-European fauna live here, but 200 years ago, this area was also inhabited with bears, wolves and lynxes. Today, the dense forests of Papuk are a habitat and sanctuary for red deer, roe deer, wild boars, foxes and martens. Papuk provides excellent habitats for numerous bird species and it is an internationally importatnt Bird Area.

Uviraljka Abbys is an important bat wintering site. Almost 1300 plant species (more than one quarter of the whole Croatian flora species) grows in Papuk. The most endangered and protected plant species grow on grasslands and other non-forested areas.

 

Grasslands

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Dry calcareous grasslands are situated on the south-western slopes of Papuk. The soil is shallow and well-drained and rich in bases (principally calcium carbonate). Calcareous grasslands support a very rich flora including many nationally rare and scarce species such as Fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera), Three-toothed orchid (Orchis tridentata) and Hungarin clover (Trifolium pannonicum).

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Lakes and streams

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Papuk is rich with mountain springs and streams where endangered Brown Trouts (Salmo trutta) and numerous populations of Common Crayfish (Astacus astacus) live.

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Woodland habitats

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Due to relief contrasts, diversity in geologic formation, diverse soil and climate influences 13 different types of forest (forest associations) have developed here. Sessile oak and common hornbeam forests dominate in the area up to 350 m a.s.l. Above it, there is a zone of beech forests.

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Underground habitats

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There are more than 40 speleological objects (caves, holes, abysses, ...) in the Papuk Geopark. They are located in the highest areas of the Papuk and Krndija mountains. Some of them are inhabited by very interesting underground species of fauna. 11 species of bats have been detected wintering in the Uviraljka Abyss.

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360 panoramas

Visit some of the most attractive locatioms inside geopark through this panoramas.

Publications

More about geopark Papuk find out through brochures in pdf format which you see here:

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