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Situated in the far west of Slovakia, the Male Karpaty is a 100km long range of hills that forms the westernmost sector of the Carpathians. At little more than 750m altitude the hills are densely forested, mainly with Beech and Ash, in lower areas with Oak and Elm.

In addition there are meadows and much cultivated land around the villages. This large area is very important for raptors, Saker Falcon in particular, and many parts of these hills are designated nature reserves.


Notable Species

Eastern Imperial Eagle still occurs in these hills in small numbers and this is one of the most important sites in the country for this species. Other raptors include Short-toed Eagle, Northern Goshawk, European Honey Buzzard and Peregrine Falcon.

Other species of interest are found in these extensive woodlands such as Black Stork, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Collared Flycatcher. Not surprisingly this is excellent woodpecker country with Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Syrian Woodpecker.

The warmer southern slopes are home to species like Wood Lark, Wryneck and European Bee-eater in summer.


Birds you can see here include:

Great Cormorant, Black Stork, White Stork, European Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Common Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Northern Hobby, Saker Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Corn Crake, Common Crane, Eurasian Golden Plover, European Turtle Dove, Eurasian Eagle Owl, European Nightjar, Common Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Wryneck, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Wood Lark, Tree Pipit, Common Wren, Eurasian Robin, Bluethroat, Whinchat, European Stonechat, Common Redstart, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Common Firecrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, European Pied Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Great Tit, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Common Jay, Northern Raven, Chaffinch, European Serin

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The Male Karpaty is a vast area and can appear difficult to explore. However, the city of Bratislava is conveniently situated at the southern tip of the hills and the town of Nove Mesto and Vahom lies on the northern edge. Road 61 which links the two towns skirts the south-eastern sector of the hills.

A network of minor roads between the many hill villages allows the area to be explored thoroughly.

Contact Details

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External Links

Slovakia Travel

Content and images originally posted by Steve