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Monday, March 11, 2013

Caving in Bükk mountains, Hungary (Höhlenklettern im Bükk-Gebirge, Ungarn) (Barlangászás a Bükk-hegységben, Magyarország) 03.2013.

We visited a cave in the Bükk National Park with a guided tour. Many karst caves are known in the Bükk mountains and some of them are open to tourists. The one we visited is about 300 metres long and it has an interesting arthropod fauna.

Friday, March 8, 2013

South-Nyírség, Hungary (Süd-Nyírség, Ungarn) (Dél-Nyírség, Magyarország) 03.2013.

Today, we traveled to the southwestern part of the Nyírség, a region of the Great Hungarian Plain. The area we visited was once covered with sandy grasslands and patches of lowland oak forest, nowadays it is partly used by the agriculture, partly covered with locust tree forests. A relict of the original vegetation, the Spring Meadow Saffron has still survived in some areas - now it is strictly protected and its habitats are managed by the Hajdúság Landscape Protection Area.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hajdúság, Hungary (Hajdúság, Ungarn) (Hajdúság, Magyarország) 10.2012.

Last October, I had the opportunity to join a group of mammalologists who study the lesser mole rats of the Carpathian Basin. In the Hajdúság region in East-Hungary (traditional county of the Hajdús) and in the Transylvanian Plain in Romania, an endemic (sub)species of mole rats is found: Nannospalax (leucodon) transsylvanicus. This blind rodent was once widespread, now only relict populations remain - it is strictly protected now. They spend their entire life underground, digging an extensive system of branched burrows and feeding mostly on roots. For studying the population in a military-owned area near Hajdúhadház, 2 specimens were dug out, examined and released back.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Syri i Kaltër, Albania (Syri i Kaltër, Albanien) (Syri i Kaltër, Albánia) 09.2012.

Syri i Kaltër, or the Blue Eye is a karst spring and lake in the Mali i Gjerë mountains near Sarandë in the Southern part of Albania. It is a popular tourist attraction: clear blue water bubbles forth from a more than fifty-metre-deep pool under great pressure. The round shape of this pool gave the place its name.