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Forest Of Gemenc

Gemenc, Hungary


Gemenc is a unique forest that is found between Szekszárd and Baja, in Hungary. This is the only remaining tidal area of the Danube in Hungary. The wood's fauna include stags, boars, storks, grey herons, gyrfalcons, meadow eagles, and kites. Various amphibians and reptiles can also be found. The stag population has worldwide fame, since its genetic stock is outstanding, and the stags' antlers are impressive. Due to the various watery habitats, many fish species are present.
Close to the waters, willow and poplar forests are typical. It is the habitat of the curiosity Freyer's purple emperor (Hungarian: Magyar színjátszólepke). Furthermore, Gemenc is home to 13 other sheltered butterfly species.
Farther from the rivers, large oak-ash-elm forests spread. These are the homes of the stag beetles, great pricorn beetles, as well as of a kind of spider which only lives in Gemenc.
Gemenc is part of the Danube-Drava National Park, and it is a nature reserve. The frequent floods of the Danube do great injury to its wildlife.

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