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Overview

The Nizke Tatry Mountains extend for more than 80km east to west across central Slovakia and although the name means Low Tatras there are peaks of over 2000m.

This is rugged country with ridges and deep valleys, mountain lakes and alpine meadows, cliffs and spectacular rock formations. The extensive forests consist mainly of spruce and pine with yew and beech on some of the lower slopes.

Birds

Notable Species

Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse and Western Capercaillie breed and raptors include Lesser Spotted Eagle and Golden Eagle, European Honey Buzzard and Northern Goshawk.

Owls are represented by Eurasian Eagle Owl, Tengmalm's Owl and Eurasian Pygmy Owl and woodpeckers by Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker and Three-toed Woodpecker.

Other birds of the forest include Black Stork, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Hawfinch.

Woodland edges and more open areas have Corn Crake, European Nightjar, Barred Warbler and Wood Lark and there are Ring Ouzel and Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Alpine Accentor and Water Pipit on the upland meadows.

Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

Black Stork, White Stork, European Honey Buzzard, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Western Capercaillie, Corn Crake, Stock Dove, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm's Owl, European Nightjar, Common Kingfisher, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Wood Lark, Water Pipit, Alpine Accentor, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Ring Ouzel, Eurasian Blackbird, Redwing, Barred Warbler, Wood Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Crested Tit, Coal Tit, Wallcreeper, Red-backed Shrike, Spotted Nutcracker, Eurasian Siskin, Common Crossbill, Hawfinch

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 E50 road follows the northern edge of these mountains and Road 66 runs along the south.

The area is very popular with skiers in winter and hikers in summer and has cable-cars enabling visitors to reach the higher zones and a network of marked hiking trails.

Contact Details

Tel: +421 88 4130 888-9

External Links

Nizke Tatry National Park

Content and images originally posted by Steve

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