The Beneº swamp botanical p.a. (13 ha), Tuºnad, Vrabia

The once characteristic eutrophic marshland of the Ciuc region is one of the most important protected areas of the county. It is located near the DN12 south-west of Vrabia village, on the left bank of the Olt River, covering 13 ha, at 650 meters above sea level.

The scientific value of this swamp is proven by the presence of the water horsetail (Equisetum limosum), of the species of sedge: Carex poniculata, Carex diandra, Carex hostiana, the large pink (Dianthus superbus), bog-beam (Menyanthes trifoliata) and the crested wood firn (Dryopteris cristata). In spring we can find the bird’s-eye primrose (Primula farinosa), this being the only place of occurrence of this plant in the county.

Another rare and protected plant is the Ligularia sibirica, the Greek valerian also called Jacob’s ladder. The swamp is supplied by mineral water springs.

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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