Sunday, May 31, 2015

Nyírábrány, Hungary (Nyírábrány, Ungarn) (Nyírábrány, Magyarország) 05.2015. I.

Nyírábrány in the South Nyírség Region is renowned for its relict birch moors, alkaline fens and lowland hay meadows, especially at the Keszler-tag Birch Moor and the Káposztás-lapos Meadow, parts of the Natura 2000 network. In late spring, one can find here the Brook Thistle, the Fibrous Tussock-Sedge, the White Helleborine or the Bay Willow, relict species that are more common in mountainous areas and in Northern Europe. Location: Nyírábrány. Date: 01-31.05.2015.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Miskolc, Hungary (Miskolc, Ungarn) (Miskolc, Magyarország) 05.2015.

Some photos taken in and around the city of Miskolc, Northeast Hungary in May. Many are common and often overlooked plants that are taxonomically difficult, with many subspecies or so-called microspecies in some cases. Location: Miskolc. Date: 16-17.05.2015.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eastern Bükk Mts. II., Hungary (Östliches Bükk-Gebirge II., Ungarn) (Keleti Bükk-hegyég II., Magyarország) 05.2015.

We visited the eastern part of the Bükk Mountains, near Miskolc to document its fascinating plant life. The local plant associations are austrian-sessile oak forests (Quercetum petraeae-cerris), Carpathian oak hornbeam forests (Carici pilosae-Carpinetum), mahaleb cherry-downy oak bushes (Ceraso-mahaleb-Quercetum pubescentis), northern closed limestone rock meadows (Poo badensis-Caricetum humilis), and slope steppes. Location: Miskolc. Date: 12.05.2015.

Eastern Bükk Mts. I., Hungary (Östliches Bükk-Gebirge I., Ungarn) (Keleti Bükk-hegyég I., Magyarország) 05.2015.

We visited the eastern part of the Bükk Mountains, near Miskolc to document its fascinating plant life, especially the Yellow Lady's-Slipper, a strictly protected and rare orchid. Location: Miskolc. Date: 12.05.2015.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mire of Kokad, Hungary (Moor von Kokad, Ungarn) (Kokadi Daru-láp, Magyarország) 05.2015.

The Daru Mire of Kokad in the southernmost part of the Nyírség Region is a remnant of the postglacial period, when former river valleys were closed by sand dunes. It has many relict plants of cooler eras. It is located next to the wet meadows of the Mire of Álmosd and both are parts of the Kék Kálló Valley Natura 2000 areaLocation: Mire of Kokad. Date: 09.05.2015.

Bagamér, Hungary (Bagamér, Ungarn) (Bagamér, Magyarország) 05.2015.

Most of the isolated remaining natural landscapes of the South Nyírség Region are integrated into the Hajdúság Landscape Protection Area. Here, on the north-eastern part of the Great Hungarian Plain, a slight depression may be called a valley, and small elevations are referred to as hills. Hence the names of some protected areas: Valley of the Kék-Kálló, or Daru Hills of Bagamér, parst of the Natura 2000 Network. Pannonic sand steppes, sand dunes, Molinia meadows, and lowland hay meadows sustain a remarkable biodiversity here. At the edges of the protected areas, oak and silver linden forest patches can be found that harbour the Steppe Iris.  Place: Bagamér. Date: 01-09.05.2015.

Vámospércs, Hungary (Vámospércs, Ungarn) (Vámospércs, Magyarország) 05.2015.

I visited the Jónás-rész protected area near Vámospércs, part of a Natura 2000 site in the South Nyírség region in May. This area has Pannonic sand steppes, lowland hay meadows, alkaline fens, and riparian mixed forests (Ulmenion minoris) with some remarkable cold climate relict plants, such as the Buxbaum's Sedge and the Globeflower. May is the best season to find the many orchids of the area. Location: Vámospércs and Nyíracsád. Date: 09.05.2015.