Why do sheep and goats graze in some parts of Podyjí NP?
Grazing is one of the ways of caring for naturally very valuable localities such as heathlands, meadows and steppe grasslands. Without this grazing these areas would gradually be overgrown by the forest and lost, along with a whole range of rare and endangered plant and animal species and their communities which depend on them. Grazing is often the most effective way of caring for these localities, many of which were formed as a result of long-term grazing.
How many Black Storks nest in Podyjí NP? Are they so significant that we have them in our emblem?
At present there are 4 – 6 pairs of Black Storks nesting in Podyjí, which is a high number when we consider the small area of the national park. The Black Stork population has been increasing in recent years, but it is also notable that Black Storks nested in Podyjí even in the time when they were very rare in the Czech Republic. We can say that the Dyje valley in the NP is a traditional breeding site of regional significance.