paradise for the Eagle and the Black Stork
Duna-Dráva National Park
This National Park is situated in the central region of the Danube, on the Croatian and Serbian borders, covering an area of about 50000 hectares. It offers a high diversity of habitats. Protected plants like German Tamarisk and Hungarian Hawthorn and important bird species such as White-tailed Eagle and Black Stork live here. The National Park has an extensive programme offer for visitors: exciting outdoor programs, interesting visitor centres and study trails.
The picturesque floodplain world of Gemenc is located in Sárköz, along the Danube. There are several so called „fok”-s (narrow canals, partly of natural origin) in the area. Our farmer ancestors ensured the flooding of the inner areas through these, as it was the basis of their living. The floodplain flora is characterized by riverine scrubs, soft- and hardwood gallery forests. There is Wild Vine and Summer Snowflake in the area, too. The great values of the fauna are – besides the famous Red Deer herds – the protected Common Kingfisher, the strict protected White-tailed Eagle, the Black Stork and the Saker Falcon. Gemenc can be visited freely on the marked paths and study paths.
Béda-Karapancsa, a region of the Danube-Drava National Park, comprises some of the significant habitats of the South Hungarian Danube reach. This is one of the most densely populated areas in Hungary considering the White-tailed Eagle and Black Stork population. In the undisturbed floodplain woods waterfowls take a rest, in its gallery forests beautiful flowers bloom. On the meadows Grey Cattle herds graze, on the waters White Waterlilies can be seen.
The special symbiosis that was formed here is invigorated by the Danube; the whole floodplain life is based on the river. The woods and the insects, birds and fishes living in it and even humans constitute this very complex system.
The river Drava enters Hungary at Zákány-Őrtilos hills, and leaves the country at Drávaszabolcs. Along its shores an almost untouched floodplain wildlife can be found. The Trifoliate Anemone, Trifoliate Toothwort and Large Red Dead Nettle are found only here in Hungary.
Wildlife in the clean water is rich and unique. This river is the only place on Earth where the Drava Caddisfly occurs. The gravel shoals of Drava are extremely valuable habitats. The rare Little Tern, not breeding anywhere else in Hungary, can be found here. The steep riverbanks make suitable home for several thousand breeding pairs of Sand Martin, Kingfisher and Bee-eater.
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