Raduň Wetlands

The Raduň Wetlands, with their system of pools, are found on the northern edge of Raduň, a few kilometres south of Opava. As little as 15 years ago, it was non-existent. Today, it is a sanctuary for numerous amphibians and other protected wildlife.

It is true that for centuries Raduň has been bordered by fish ponds, but today's intensive fish farming leaves little room for amphibians to propagate. Because of this, the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, working in tandem with the environmentally conscious company Semix, bought up 1.3 hectares of farmland next to the fish ponds, and in 2004 used this land to build a network of ponds and pools of various depths and acreage. This was done with great circumspection: soil that had been affected by industrial farming was removed, and the bottom of each body of water was created strictly from loamy subsoil. Thanks to this, today's visitors encounter a healthy population of fire-bellied toads and great crested newts, three types of true frog, as well as tree frogs and toads galore.

Those who want to find out how and why the Raduň Wetlands came into existence, and what hidden wildlife treasures can be discovered here, will learn more from the info panels and other educational elements installed by "Ochránce", the local ČSOP chapter, with the support of NET4GAS Closer to Nature in 2019. Signs with QR codes were also added, which take the visitor to a website with information about, e.g. snake nesting (or breeding places for reptiles), deadwood, and the restored beetle loggery.

place:Raduň, Opava District, Moravian-Silesian Region
Way there:Starting on the Raduň market square, follow the yellow hiking trail (which follows Road 464 in the direction of Opava); after one kilometre, head right at the fork to go directly to the pools, GPS: 49.8988253N, 17.9348792E
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