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The horses are grazing at the Table Mountains of Pálava. For the first time in modern history

The grazing on the top plate of Table Mountain in the Pálava Protected Landscape Area takes place from the spring months. The stables of three horses thoroughly grazed more than two hectares of steppe lawns. On the otherwise unified topside platform, the raised areas are already well visible. However, according to the Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection Agency, an assessment of the expected positive impact on biota is still forthcoming.

Livestock grazing is one of the basic ways of managing steppe reservations. Plate Plate Table Mountains have been mined for many years with machine cuts that take away biomass as well as pasture, but in a number of conservation considerations, it is significantly different from pasture.

Grazing particularly heavy animals such as cattle and horses give rise to a plumbed area without vegetation. Such habitat is vital for many species of insects (such as beetle beetles, grasshoppers, solitary bees and waxes, butterflies) and hardened soil is also necessary for the local rarity, the deep earthworm Allolobophora hrabei, the longest earthworm of the Czech Republic, 5 m.

While repeated mowing rather thickens and unites lawns, the grazing environment differs on the contrary, allowing the coexistence of species linked to different habitats. Also, for this reason, grazing (or mowing) does not take place on the whole surface, a substantial part of the top platform is left without intervention. On the denser and growing vegetation, another local exceptionally rare species is dependent, the Hungarian ground beetle, which, like the earthworm with so many different demands, has one of the last localities in the Czech Republic on Table Mountain.


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