Identified by specialists with ROSPA 0099, Hârtibaciu Plateau has been declared a site of bird fauna importance, with the purpose of maintaining in a favorable state the species of wild birds and their conservation.
This area is the largest coherent semi-natural area - and probably the best preserved - in the continental biogeographic region of Transylvania. This is where it nests the most significant population of small screaming eagles (Aquila pomarina) and wasps (Pernis apivorus) in Romania, the highest density being reached south of the Hârtibaciu Valley.
The protected area is characterized by the almost total lack of large farms and the abundance of semi-natural lands - extensive grasslands and meadows. The landscape structure is like a mosaic, in which the semi-natural areas alternate with deciduous forests, which is why the biodiversity is very high. The anthropic impact is very low, with few localities in a very large area.
Here you will find important herds of globally interest, also from endangered species by the European Union level: big heath (Strix uralensis), caprimulg (Caprimulgus europaeus), oak hammer (Dendrocopos) medius), the hammerhead of the garden (Dendrocopos syriacus), the snails (Picus canus), the woodpecker (Lullula arborea) or the red snapper (Lanius collurio). The herds of big hangman (Strix uralensis), caprimulg (Caprimulgus europaeus), oak hammer (Dendrocopos medius), woodcock (Lullula arborea) and red-bellied (Lanius collurio) are also the most important sites.
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.