Devínska Kobyla

botanical heaven

characteristics: Discover the beautiful nature of capital city. This area is an unique mosaic of steppe, forests, meadows, old quarries and riverside. Man can find here steppe habitats, orchid meadows, many endemic animal and plant species, rare insects, high diversity of snakes, butterflies, flowers. 119 bird species have been recorded in this small area, 84 of them breeding. During the days with fine weather and good visibility even the peaks of the Alps could be seen.

highlights of this area: Sandberg – old sandstone quarry, Bee-eater colony, orchid meadows

other highlights (possible to include in to the trip itinerary): Sandberg – one of the most valuable fossil sites in Slovakia, confluence of Danube and Morava Rivers, ruins of Devín Castle, tasting of local delicious currant wine

protected areas visited: Protected Landscape area Malé Karpaty, National Nature Reserve Devínska Kobyla

target species:

birds: White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula/Corvus monedula), Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)

reptiles: Eastern Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis), Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis), Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca), Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), Dice Snake (Natrix tesselata)

insects: grasshoppers, crickets, European Mantis (Mantis religiosa), butterflies (e.g. Papilio machaon), oil beetles

plants: Yellow Pheasant´s Eye (Adonis vernalis), Small Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla pratensis), Greater Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla grandis), Iris pumila, Orchids (Orchis sp.), Bee Orchids (Ophrys sp.), Feather Grass (Stipa joannis), Burning Bush (Dictamnus albus)

Trip length: 1/2 day

Terrain difficulty: little bit hilly, but easy walking

Starting and final point: Bratislava

Recommended term: March – August

Trip can be combined with Morava floodplain trip.

Prices for guiding in English for 1 person:

1/2 day trip

50,-€ / 2 participants

40,-€ / 3 – 4 participants

35,-€ / 5 – 7 participants

30,-€ / 8 – 10 participants

25,-€ / 11 and more participants

Price for combined trip for 1 person:

65,-€ / 2 participants

50,-€ / 3 – 4 participants

45,-€ / 5 – 7 participants

40,-€ / 8 – 10 participants

30,-€ / 11 and more participants

Price includes: transportation, full guiding service, binoculars and bird identification guide rental, corporate insolvency insurance

Price does NOT include: individual travel insurance


More info about this area could be also found in our trip reports:
Bee-eaters and Orchids
Bee-eaters arrival and Orchids in bloom

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