Environmental Protection

The objects of animated and inanimate nature being naturally precious

The Devil's StoneOn the terrain of the Slovinski National Park (the SNP) there are situated exceptional objects, which deserve the status of the forms of individual protection, anyhow, they are comprised with the highest protection - compulsory in the national park. There belong the trees species of the monumental sizes as well as the trees and shrubs naturally precious. In total, in the SNP there have been proved 20 individuals of monumental trees including 10 oaks, spruces, 5 ashes 1 European beech as well as 226pieces of the trees naturally precious, i.e.: 167 oaks 17 European beeches,10 spruces, alders, 8 ashes, 2 maples, 1 linden, 3 hornbeams, 2 firs, 1larch, 1 rowan, 2 bird cherries as well as 4 individuals of juniper. Apart from the above mentioned animated elements of nature, the element of inanimate nature also deserves protection and care, situated in the village of Gardna Wielka, at the bank of the Gardno lake. It is an erratic boulder, called in the past "the devil's stone" by the local inhabitants. Plants and animals comprised with the species protection

Sea-hollyAmong the representatives of plants world of the Slovinski National Park (the SNP) there proved, in total 161 species comprised with strict protection as well as 44 species comprised with partial protection. The majority of strictly protected species (77) constitute the vascular plants, the others are lichens (48) and Bryophytas (36) . Among the species partially protected 15 of them belong to vascular plants, 20 to Bryophytas, and 9 to lichens. On the terrain of the Park there have also been proved 52 species deserving the local protection. From the total number of vascular species comprised with strict protection, as many as 18 are registered in PCKR*, 17 of them are classified in the category of high-risk species, however 3 are critically endangered in Poland i.e.: slender cotton-grass Eriophorum gracile - grows in well-watered transitional peatbog, yellow azalea Rhododendron luteum, which is not a natural species in the SNP and dwarf marsh violetViola epipsila growing in riparian forests, alder swamps and unforested lowland peat-bogs. The consecutive 6 species belong to the ones endangered in Poland: tufted Alpine bulrush Baeothryon cespitosumwater lobelia Lobelia dortmannafloating water plantain Luronium natansbrown beak-sedge Rhynchospora fuscacloudberry Rubus chamaemorus and Swedish whitebeam Sorbus intermedia. The other 8 are the subject to extinction in Poland, e.g.: silver fir Abies albaEnglish yew Taxus baccatalake quill-wort Isoetes lacustriswhite water-lily flowerNymphaea candidamaritime plantain Plantago maritima, or toad-flax Linaria odora.
The representatives of sarthropods being under strict protection, including the insects Insecta, which make the highest number, constitute the most numerous animal group in the Slovinski National Park (the SNP). There have been observed here some 30protected species from which the majority belong to the order of cockchafer Coleoptera. Among all protected insects as-certained on the terrain of the Park 4 species are registered in PCKZ*. There also occur 2 species of wood ants from the genus ofFormica i.e.: southern wood ant Formica rufa and red wood ant Formica polyctena - comprised with partial protection. Among the invertebrates, one can often observe in the Park, a spider (comprised with utter protection) from the family of cross spidersAraneidae - wasp spider Agriope bruennichi, however, on the seaside beach, under the stones in the zone of a tide rip, there lives the representative of another phylum of invertebrates - small-sized crustacean - amphipod crustacean Talitrus saltator. The fauna of molluscs of the SNP has been acquainted only partially. In total, there have been ascertained here 9 molluscs' species comprised with strict protection as well as the largest, European snail - edible snail Helix pomatia, comprised with partial protection. The mostly studied animal group are vertebrates, and among them there have been ascertained 4 protectedfresh-water fish species as well as 3 lamprey species, 10 representatives of amphibian phylum, 5 reptile species, the most numerous vertebrate group in the Park comprised with protection - 225 strict and 8 partially protected representatives of birdsfauna and 11 species being comprised with strict protection and 6 species being within partial protection, representing the phylum of mammals. * PCKR/PCKZ - Polish Red Book of Plants/Polish Red Book of Animals


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