Bãile Jigodin – Csihányos Spa botanical p.a. (253 ha), Jigodin Bãi – Miercurea Ciuc

This botanical reserve of local interest is located on the left side of the Jigodin gorge, between the Cetatii Mici hill, the Tiganeasca ridge and the Haromul Mare hill (943 m), delimited in the east by the Olt River.

It was declared protected area due to the collection of rare plants and animals that live in the area. Among these we would like to mention the snake’s head or better known as checkered daffodil (Fritillaria meleagris), small pasque flower species (Pulsatilla pratensis sp.), the fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea), or another species of orchid (Orchis coriophora), the Greek valerian (Polemonium caeruleum), the great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) and globeflower species (Trollius sp.).

We can also find here around 30 protected bird species like the European wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), the common blackbird (Turdus merula), the fieldfare (Turdus pilaris), the wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), the serin (Serinus serinus), the yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) and the European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

Protecting the natural environment is our legal duty. A nature reserve is an area of a particular status, enforced by law, where not just a couple of rare species of plants, animals, geological formations or archeological-paleontological objects can be found and need to be protected. To ensure, that these protected elements will remain or survive, we need to protect their living habitat as well. The natural values and the biodiversity of a given area offer a spiritual experience, and an aesthetic enjoyment, thus contributes to a spiritual recreation of the explorer of nature. Harghita County is one of the few places, endowed with several authentic natural treasures. These gems of nature represent an economical asset, and by this, an improper visitor’s behavior can endanger its content and existence. Protecting our environmental treasures is a collective task and duty. The managing organizations which are responsible for these reserves have been already assigned, and they can enforce or apply special rules for visitors regarding protected area. Below you can find some recommendations concerning the avoidance of natural damages:
  • do not leave the marked trails
  • do not litter or leave garbage behind
  • keep the peace and quiet by avoiding to use strong sources of music
  • do not tear any plants down, including the protected species
  • camp only in specially designed and marked areas
  • make fire only in special designated areas, and make sure that you put you put it out before leaving
  • do not throw lit cigarette butts
  • avoid using motorized vehicles in the vicinity of the protected areas, and use only the marked accessibility routes
  • enjoy the sounds and sights of nature and do not disturb others in enjoying these as well
By this informative material, which presents the natural protected areas of Harghita County, we wish to contribute to the promotion of a responsible and eco-conscious form of tourism. To a better success we count on your open mindedness and interest.

Closer to nature: through visiting and preservation!


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