Peatland Chalupská slať

In summer we spent a few days in Šumava (which you may know as the Bohemian Forest) where we wanted to visit and explore its southern part. One of our trips lead us to a remarkable place of peatland named Chalupská slať. The peatland area is represented by 137 hectares and altitude of 950 m. There are peat reserves amounting to 2 340 000 cubic metres.

When you come to the area, there is a small parking lot where you’ll leave your car and continue on foot following a marked path. You’ll come to a raised boardwalk of a nature trail which will take you into quite a different environment.

Chalupská-slať-Šumava

Birches, mugo pines and spruces are typical trees growing here.

Chalupská-slať-Šumava

The boardwalk is 260 metres long…

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… and leads to a platform on the edge of a peat lake.

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The lake with its area of 1,3 hectares and depth of 1,5 metres is the largest peat lake in the Czech Republic.

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There are numerous peat islands floating on the surface of the lake, covered in moss and providing living space for rare plant species such as Drosera rotundifolia, Scheuchzeria palustris and Carex paupercula.

Chalupská-slať-Šumava

While standing on the platform and enjoying the view, we were watching beautiful dragonflies darting here and there in front of us but they were restless and too quick for me to take a photo of any of them. I gave up and focused on calmer scenes.

Chalupská-slať-Šumava

On our way back we noticed an information centre of the Šumava National Park where we found an assistant ready to help, various brochures and an interactive screen displaying interesting pictures and pieces of information related to the Park.

Chalupská-slať-Šumava

Because of the big supplies, peat used to be dug at the edge of the area which resulted in partial draining of water and damaging of the peatland. Nowadays the area is part of the first zone of nature protection of the Šumava National Park. After watching the beauty of the lake and its surroundings I’m really glad that there have been people who care and the preservation status has been achieved.

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    1. Keith, the “problem” is that you can’t wander freely in the area and shouldn’t step out of the boardwalk so one’s possibilities are somewhat limited. Nevertheless, we spent about two hours there and it was not enough.

  1. You find the most interesting places to visit and photograph, Petra. I know what you mean about the dragonflies. They dart about so quickly that it’s next to impossible to get photos. Once in awhile, though, they will land and pose long enough for a quick shot. Then your patience is rewarded. 🙂

  2. Almost everything about this reminds me of places in Canada that I have visited, Petra… including the boardwalk! Such places feel so pristine. I’m so glad someone is paying attention to the conservation and preservation of such a place. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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