The oak woods of Nagykőrös in the Natura 2000 network
Natura 2000 is an ecological network, which is established to protect the habitats and species of interest for the European Union.
Natura 2000 is an ecological network, which is aimed at preserving the flora and fauna of Europe. When Hungary became an EU member state in 2004, Natura 2000 conservation sites were assigned. 90% of the previously protected areas became part of the Natura 2000 network, the total territory of which is 1.200.000 acres. Together with the non-Natura 2000 sites more than 20% of Hungary’s territory became somehow protected. The Steppe Oak Woods of Nagykőrös is part of the Natura 2000 network.
The assignment of Natura 2000 network sites is based on the two EU directives the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive. Besides the assignment of sites, their management shall be ensured in a way that the species of flora and fauna as well as habitats of community importance can survive in a long term. Nature conservation of Natura 2000 sites should be practised by taking into consideration and harmonising the social, cultural and economic aspects. The Hungarian nature conservation authorities shall regularly report on the status of Natura 2000 sites to the European Commission.
The Steppe Oak Woods of Nagykőrös are a priority Site of Community Importance (pSCI) consisting of several independent parts, the total territory of which is 3312 acres, of which the territory of habitats of community importance is 1375 acres.
Its habitats of community importance are: Euro-siberian steppe oak woods and Pannonic sand steppes. Its animal species of community importance are: Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus), Great Capricorn Beetle (Cerambyx cerdo), Bolbelasmus unicornis; its plant species of community importance are Long-lasting Pink (Dianthus diutinus), Colchicum arenarium, Sand Iris (Iris humilis ssp. arenaria).
Steppe Oak Woods of Nagykőrös Natura 2000 site