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Popasul pãsãrilor from Sânpaul, ornithological p.a. (210 ha), Mãrtiniº

In the vicinity of Sânpaul there were several lakes established for recreational and fishing purposes, initially only on 10 ha. In the five big lakes and several smaller lakes numerous native and settled species of fish live. The abundant food source and the natural environment provide a perfect sanctuary for several migratory and nesting bird species. This bird resting area is considered the most densely inhabited water surface of the country.

In spring we can see the tringa, the northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) or the little ringed plower (Charadrius dubius). Sânpaul is known as the home of storks having the largest population of storks in the countryside. Other rare species are the fish eagle (Pandion haliaetus), the purple heron (Ardea purpurea), the black stork (Ciconia nigra), the Eurasian kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) or the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster).

In all 243 species of birds were identified here, among whom 63 nest here and more than 100 are aquatic species, with only 18 native nesting species.

PERMITTED AND FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE PROTECTED AREAS
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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