South West Hârtibaciu
The site of Community Importance (SCI) covers an area of 25,903 hectares and has been designated for the purpose of protecting biodiversity and maintaining a favorable conservation status of spontaneous flora and fauna, as well as natural habitats of interest from the central-northern part of the Brașov County. For the Transylvanian Highlands destination, includes the administrative territories of Comăna, Hoghiz, Homorod, Jibert, Mândra, Racoș, Șercaia, Șoarș, Ticuș and Ungra communes and to the city of Rupea, in the immediate vicinity of the national road DN13, which connects the Brașov and Sighișoara municipalities.
The site presents a natural area with four types of habitats (Dacian oak and hornbeam forests, Galio - Carpinetum hornbeam oak forests, Asperulo - Fagetum beech forests and Euro-Siberian forest vegetation with Quercus spp.) which shelter and preserves a diverse range of flora and fauna. Here you can find many species of birds (migratory, passage or sedentary) different species of wild duck or hammer, large mussel (Anser albifrons), forest sitar (Scolopax rusticola), buzzard (Gallinago gallinago), snout forest (Asio otus), common buzzard (Buteo buteo), cuckoo (Athene noctua), pupa (Upupa epops), hawthorn (Turdus merula), mackerel (Etithacus rublecula), mackerel (Coracias garrulus), rattlesnake (Laniumb excubitor) deer (Columba oenas), field-tails (Crex crex), cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), bearded snail (Emberiza cirlus), corcodel-ear (Podiceps auritus), black-headed sylvan (Sylvia atricapilla), plainscape (Sylvia communis) and many more.
If you are fond of plants and flowers, you will be delighted to spot beauties, such as: purple gentian (Swertia perennis), ligularia (Ligularia sibirica), frog-eyes (Primula farinosa), rabbit's tail (Sesleria coeruleans), foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis), buhai (Listera ovata), mountain bulb (Trollius europaeus), vipers grass (Scorzonera humilis), fiddlehead (Phyteuma tetramerum), board (Spiraea salicifolia), cow butter (Orchis mario), chickpeas (Lysimachia punctata) or white orchids (Dactylorhiza sifuccia).
How to Visit:
The Natura 2000 protected areas are best discovered on foot, by horseback or by bicycle, on the marked routes that leave each village. No visit fee - for guided tours, call Guides or local agencies.