Rendezvous National Nature Monument

The Rendezvous NNM covers an area of 17.12ha and comprises a planned forest area with a meadow and a pond around the Rendezvous hunting lodge, which lies to the north-east of the town of Valtice in the Jihomoravský kraj – South Moravian Region. The protected area was declared in 1990 to protect the forest communities of Pannonian oakwoods which developed on sand and gravel deposits with the occurrence of rare flora and fauna.
 
The territory is built on Tertiary sands and gravelly sands of the Vienna Basin, which are covered in places by Quaternary sandy sediments. A shallow spring basin with wetland communities can be found near the road and the Rendezvous pond with a stream lies in a terrain depression nearby.
 
The occurrence of thermophilous oakwoods on a basement of sand and gravel is extremely rare and this is an ecosystem which is endemic to the Pannonian region. The main tree species here are pubescent (downy) oak (Quercus pubescens), Turkey oak (Quercus cerrus) and pendunculate oak (Quercus robur) – some of which are massive old individual trees.

The herb layer includes numerous rare species such as the variegated iris (Iris variegata), the lungwort Pulmonaria angustifolia and the sedges Carex fritschii and Carex curvata. A variety of short-stemmed grassland communities with the dominant dwarf sedge (Carex humilis) have developed on the small meadow by the hunting lodge, where we can also find acidophilous species such as the saxifrage Saxifraga bulbifera. In the spring the meadow is covered with snow-white growths of St. Bernard’s lily (Anthericum ramosum) and orchids which grow here include the green-winged orchid (Orchis morio). The fungi populations in the monument are of great significance and many of them are included in the “red list” of rare and endangered species. Fungi such as the slate bolete (Leccinum duriusculum) and the bracket fungus Inonotus andersonii and many others which are bound to old oak stands can be found at Rendezvous NNM.
 
The insect fauna at the monument is of special significance and beetles such as the stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) and great capricorn beetle (Cerambyx cerdo) live here, along with spiders such as the crab spider Philodromus buchari and the wolf spider Arctosa leopardus. One of the moths which live here, but nowhere else in the Czech Republic, is the geometrid moth Paraboarmia viertlii. Notable day-flying butterflies include the clouded apollo (Parnassius mnemosyne) and the large copper (Lycaena dispar). The pond is home to amphibians such as the Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus), whereas the old oak stands provide nesting sites for notable birds such as the middle spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) and the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis).
 
This locality is easily accessible and popular with tourists for its historical and cultural values.