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Excursion #1

Old Village of Hollókő (UNESCO World Heritage) and field program about conservation management tools in Natura2000 oak forests (LIFE 4 Oak Forests)

Price: 45 EUR

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Field program about conservation management tools in Natura2000 oak forests, LIFE 4 Oak Forests

The biodiversity of oak forests is declining as a result of intensive human use. With the nature conservation interventions of the LIFE4OAK FORESTS project, our goal is to reverse this process. The project aims to promote the regeneration of the forests and to restore the diversity of forest structure, native tree species composition and micro habitats.

The natural forests are more divers than in the managed forests in both point of view, therefore increasing the diversity is main goal of the forest management. Besides it is also important to create the missing habitat for some other species by hurting stem, providing holes, creating standing and lying dead wood and stump.

We examine the effects of the treatments with a “stand structure” and zoological monitorings.

The project is co-financed by the European Union’s LIFE program.

We will visit the Garábi Varjú-bérc project site (near Hollókő) where works are still ongoing.

Old Village of Hollókő (UNESCO World Heritage)

The Old Village of Hollókő is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement, representative of a culture that has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change. This village, which developed mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries, not only represents the Palócz subgroup within the Hungarian nation but also bears witness, for the whole of Central Europe, to the traditional forms of rural life which were generally abolished by the agricultural revolution in the 20th century. The Old Village, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century. The rural architectural ensemble, which covers 145 ha, consists of 55 residential buildings, farm buildings and the church. Together, the traditional Palócz use of architectural forms and materials form a harmonious unit with the surrounding landscape and natural environment, characterized by strip-field farming, orchards, vineyards, meadows and woods. The property also includes the medieval castle ruins situated on the hill perched above the village, which is mentioned as early as 1310. This castle played a decisive part in the feudal wars of the Palóc and the Hussite and served as protection for the village whose ruins have been found a little way from its walls. (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/401)


Route: Eger-Hollókő-Noszvaj-Eger

7:00 Breakfast at the Hotel
7:30 Departure from the entrance of Hotel Eger-Park – cold lunch package
9:00-11:30 Garáb forests: field program, guided tour in the LIFE4OAK FORESTS project sites in Garábi Varjú-bérc, discussion about conservation management tools (Tamás Frank, MTA CER Forest Ecology Research Group)
11:30-12:00 Travel to Hollókő village
12:00- 15:00 Walk in Hollókő Old village, visiting the castle, local small museums and shops. Free time. http://www.holloko.hu/en/index.html#
15:00 Departure, 1,5-2 hours long bus trip to Noszvaj village
(Optional: bus transfer to Budapest or to the airport, please contact us for further details on this option)
17:00 Noszvaj village: Thummerer winery. Tasting of six types of wine with dishes from traditional, wood-fired furnace.
https://thummerer.hu/en/wine-tourism/
~20:00-21:00 Traveling back to Eger by bus

During the day

~2-3 km field walk, easy field hilly terrain, relative altitudes ~100 m; with several stops for demonstrations and discussion

Please bring your water-proof shoes and coat! We are going to field even if it is raining. 😉

The price covers the travel costs on the whole day, cold lunch package, guided tours at the field and in the village, visit in the Hollókő castle, the wine tasting and dinner at the Thummerer’s winery.


Excursion #2

Field trip in the Bükk Mts. – Pannonian vegetation and forest types

Price: 45 EUR

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Whole day walking tour in the Bükk Mts. with two stops, visiting the Vár-hegy Forest reserve site and the Hidegkút wood pasture near Cserépfalu.

Vár-hegy Strict Forest Reserve

Central Europe maintains a considerable diversity of dry-mesic oak forests as the main representatives of zonal forest vegetation types in Hungary, covering the major part of foothills of the middle-range mountain, Inner Western Carpathians. The 669 m high, Triassic limestone hill called ‘Vár-hegy’ belongs to the Bükk Mountains. The annual mean temperature is about 8C and the annual precipitation is about 650 mm. The core area of the reserve is covered mainly by close-to-nature. long untouched oak dominated forests stands: Pannonic woods with Quercus petraea and Carpinus betulus; Pannonian-Balkanic Turkey oak-sessile oak forests; Pannonian woods with Quercus pubescens. It has been set aside for preservation in 1991, though several previous conservation acts had already secured almost spontaneous natural development of the stands. Most of the area was cut around 1880, however, several over-mature trees were retained. The intensive use in the previous centuries and during the world wars left a sessile oak dominated, 120-130-year-old, mostly coppice forest. The abandonment and the precedent severe oak decline contributed to generate a more diverse forest composition and structure developing towards a mixed forest with pronounced ‘old-growth’ characteristics. The stand structure of the core area was first surveyed in 2005-2009. The main forest types and changes occurred will be demonstrated and discussed.

Hidegkút wood pasture

Silvo-pastoral system: mosaic of grassland, woodpastures with ancient trees that grazed by sheep and Hungarian gray cattle traditional breeds for the Carpathian-basin. In the past the wood pasture were owned and managed by the community of Cserépfalu, later abandoned. Now the Bükk National Park Directorate restarted the grazing and traditional herding at Hidegkút.

Route: Eger- Várkút Turistaház – Cserépfalu- Noszvaj- Eger

7:00 Breakfast at the Hotel
8:00 Departure from the entrance of Hotel Eger&Park – cold lunch package
9:00-12:30 Field trip to the Vár-hegy Forest Reserve (Ferenc Horváth, MTA CER)
12:30-13:00 Travel to Cserépfalu village
Mid-day meal in the woods (lunch package)
13:00-16:00 Guided field trip at the Hidegkút wood pasture
16:30 Departure, bus trip to Noszvaj village
There is no alternative transfer to Budapest, only at the Excursion 1.
17:00 Noszvaj village: Thummerer winery. Tasting of six types of wine with dishes from traditional, wood-fired furnace.
https://thummerer.hu/en/wine-tourism/
~20:00-21:00 Traveling back to Eger by bus

During the day

~10 km field walk: partly rough gravel paths and grasslands in hilly terrain, relative altitudes ~200 m; with several stops for demonstrations and discussion

Please bring your water-proof shoes and coat! We are going to field even if it is raining. 😉

The price covers the travel costs on the whole day, cold lunch package, guided tours at the field, the wine tasting and dinner at the Thummerer’s winery.

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