Category: Nature

The Nature Reserve "Ochojec" in Katowice

The Reserve "Ochojec" lies within the boundaries of Katowice, in the south of the city, in the district Piotrowice-Ochojec. It is part of the Murckowski Forest - a large forest complex, whose parts have been preserved in a state close to natural. The Reserve "Ochojec" belongs to floral reserves. Above all, it protects the most abundant (apart from European mountains) the community of clasping twistedstalk. We can find numerous other protected species of plants and animals in this reserve.

Upper Silesian Agglomeration
in the forest, in the city/town
: whole year
General Information
: nature reserve / environmental use area
Prices & amenities
: admission free

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