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Pogácsa pasture Nature Reserve

<p class="Norml1" style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="FR">The purpose of the protection is to preserve and maintain the large, natural, contiguous marsh meadows and sloping steppe meadows in the foothills of the Vértes Hills, as well as protected plant and animal species, landscape and cultural-historical values, and ancient landscape use, the preservation of pastoralism and related folklore, scientific research into the area, the best possible knowledge of its natural values, the optimum management of nature conservation, the promotion of knowledge for those interested in nature and the presentation of the area's natural values.</span></p>

Basic information

Decree No. 5/2014 (IX. 1.) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Hungary, declaring the area a protected natural area of national importance.

Location and extent: in Fejér County, in the administrative districts of Csákvár and Zámoly, at parcel numbers 0151/12, 0165 and 0185/2 of Csákvár, covering an area of 263.05 hectares.

Characterisation of the protected natural assets

The protected flowering plants of outstanding beauty of the steppe meadows in the Pogácsa-legelő nature reserve are the numerous (40-50 000 plants) of the agar (Anacamptis morio) and the tens of thousands of stems of the bushy-smelling basket (A. coriophora), the species of the barren-headed coriope (Stipa spp.) and the highly protected spider bans (Ophrys sphegodes). The occurrence of marsh rabbit-grass (Sesleria uliginosa) is a botanical rarity. The most spectacular flowering plants of the marsh meadows are the protected marsh orchid (Orchis laxiflora subsp. palustris), flesh-coloured foxglove (Dactylorhiza incarnata), blood-grass (Sanguisorba officinalis), buttercups (Ranunculus spp.) and marsh stork's-ear (Caltha palustris).

The arthropod fauna of the Pogácsa pasture is particularly rich, with protected species including the large peacock's-eye (Saturnia pyri) and the small foxglove (Nymphalis urticae). The most detailed research has been carried out to survey the birds in the area: of particular importance are the presence of the highly protected Paraguay eagle (Aquila heliaca), the saker falcon (Falco cherrug), the peregrine falcon (Circaetus gallicus) and the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). The area is a feeding ground for these birds of prey. The maintenance of the habitat for prey animals, in particular the warthog (Spermophillus citellus), which is also a highly protected species, is a priority.