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Záhorie Landscape Protected Area
Protected landscape area Záhorie is the first proclaimed lowland protected landscape area in Slovakia, situated at Záhorská nížina lowland, between Morava river and Malé Karpaty mountains. It consists of two parts - the north-eastern and western. It's land area is 27 522 ha. The North-eastern part is influenced by wind processes associated with the transfer of sand. The relief consists of sand-hills, wind corrugated sheets, rounded sifts and crescentic dunes. Because of its location, Záhorská nížina lowland crosses mountain complexes on the route north - south, and thus forms an important migration route for birds seasonal migrations. The current temperature contrast between cold inter-dune depressions and warm sandy deposits makes the rich species diversity of plants, which are alternating from mountain types - remnants of the colder periods to the species typical for warm and dry habitats.
Animals are mainly represented by the species inhabiting warm and dry habitats, such as antlions and hoopoe. Pine plantations are rich of insect predators and provide the food base for nightjar, woodlark and bats. Western part of the PLA represents the country shaped by activity of great river with river terraces and wide river alluvium.
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