Beech forest in the East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve

The East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve is a transboundary protected area, designated as an area of global importance under UNESCO's Programme on Man and the Biosphere. It is located in the Eastern Carpathians on the territory of three countries: Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. This reserve is formed by the combination of three national parks. It is the only extant designated trilateral biosphere reserve in Europe.

The dominant tree species is beech (Fagus sylvatica).  Other common species (silver fir, sycamore, Norway maple, oak, elm, etc.) do not account for any significant percentage of forest cover.

The beech forests of the East Carpathians represent an outstanding example of undisturbed, complex temperate forests. They contain an invaluable genetic reservoir of beech and many species associated and dependent on these forest habitats.

The entire area of the Biosphere Reserve is built of flysch rocks.  The territory belongs in large part to the cool climate.

The characteristic herbaceous plants are ephemeral and early spring species, such as Anemone nemorosaA. ranunculoidesLeucojum vernumDentaria bulbiferaD. glandulosaGalantus nivalisIsopirum thalictroidesCorydalis solida, C. hallery and Heleborus purpurascens.


  1. I love the woods. Especially during the summer and when you find that little gem of a waterfall inside, it gets even better. Thank you for linking in with Through My Lens, it's greatly appreciated.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  2. Zdjęcie wodospadu jest przepiękne. Nie mogę od niego oczu oderwać.

  3. What a wonderful set of trees and ground flowers - this is a part of the world I ma very keen to visit.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  4. I wish there was something so lush around here to wander through. Absolutely beautiful....Great waterfall capture. Thank you for sharing a little piece of your world. Visiting from Tamar's.

  5. What a beautiful space!

  6. Wundervoll!
    Liebe Grüße, Manja

  7. Fantastic scenery and photos.

  8. What an absolutely stunning beautiful place


  9. Lovely!
    So glad you shared at

  10. This is so lush and almost magical place. I love the greenery.

  11. I love the trees and forests in Europe and Great Britain with all their twisty trunks that show their age. They are quite different (and so much older) that what we have in Canada, especially the west.

    abcw team

  12. I learned something today, I did not realize those were Beech trees, we have them here as well. This park is amazing, I would love to see it in person. Fantastic captures.

    Lisa @ Life Thru the Lens

  13. Beautiful forest area with lovely flowers. I love the greenery all around.

  14. Love the title of your blog! Beautiful photos! Lovely scenery!

  15. Exquisite nature photography for C

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  16. Incredible photos. I want to go there.


  17. What a stunningly beautiful place. I love those old trees.

  18. What a mind blowing place! I would like to discover more of Europe's natural landscapes. Sometimes we are fixated on the cities and forget there is way more to discover.

  19. wonderful photo's, thank you for taking us along the trip

    Have a nice ABC-W-Day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  20. Beautifully photographed. Love the character of the trees.

  21. Wonderful scenery and nature; and amazing aspects captured! Many thanks for sharing them with us!

  22. Jakie cudowne zdjęcia i krajobrazy oraz kwiaty! :)

  23. wonderful pictures of beautiful nature.
    best regards

  24. Beautiful rich colors here! Love the mood in your shots. Can imagine you kept the camera clicking. Also the flowers are beautiful!
    A gentle reminder, in case you didn't catch up to my new blog address for SEASONS - it is now artworksfromjeshstg (cot) wordpress (dot) com
    It's now Wednesday noon, so there's still time to link before 7pm today USA Pacific time.
    But if you don't read this before then, hope to see you then next week! Your photos are always beautiful and appreciated:)

  25. Gorgeously green woods.

  26. Beautiful, beautiful beautiful! I'm glad the countries are working together to preserve such an amazing place. It's what I imagine what once-upon-a-time looked like.

  27. a lovely ecosystem!


  28. What a magical place! I love the beech trees. Your photos are wonderful!

  29. Wonderful shots!
    Thank you for joining the Travel Tuesday meme, hope to see more of your photos this week!

  30. Miejsce jak najbardziej warte odwiedzenia.


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