Comana Nature Park

comana nature park Comana Nature Park is a protected area of national interest, 35 km away from Bucharest, in Giurgiu County.

Comana Nature Park is a protected area of national interest, 35 km away from Bucharest, in Giurgiu County. It stretches over 25,000 ha, is part of the Natura 2000 European network, and is a Ramsar site with a remarkable biodiversity. Over 8,000 ha are covered in forests dominated by oak, lime trees, acacia, and elm trees, with a variety of fauna, including pheasants, deer, boars, hares, and foxes. The park has thee protected areas: the Butcher's Broom Science Reserve, the Peony Science Reserve, and Comana Pond. Here is Valentin Grigore, director of the Comana Park:

"For the May 1st mini-holiday, tourists will find Comana Park full of blooming peonies. Due to this milder winter and the early spring, plants bloomed earlier, so the peonies will be in full bloom in the first week of May, as opposed to their usual time, in the second week. In addition to the  Peony Science Reserve we have the Butcher's Broom Science Reserve, which is a perennial plant, an Atlantic Mediterranean plant with beautiful fruit which stays red even through the winter. We also have the yellow crocus, as well as about 20 ha of wild daisies, whose location I will not divulge, because it is too rare and beautiful."

Comana Pond has a surface of some 1,200 ha. It is the country's third wetland in terms of biodiversity, after Braila's Lesser Isle and the Danube Delta, according to Valentin Grigore:

"We have identified here 141 species of bird, 78 of them protected. It is a tiny jewel close to Bucharest. A lot is being said about the Vacaresti Delta, but here, in Comana, biodiversity is on a much larger scale, and is extremely beautiful. Here, in our small delta, we have endemic fish species, which can only be found here. There are 10 species of amphibians, frogs, reptiles, and tortoises. We are monitoring the expansion of the jackal populations in the area. It is not on the list of protected species, but it has potential, due to the lack of wolves in the area. Now, in spring, migratory birds are coming back. The children who visit are fascinated by storks. In addition to regular storks, we have its sister species, the black stork, which is more frail, more sensitive, and much rarer. About an eighth of the Romanian population of this species, protected across Europe, can be found in Comana. It is dependent on the existence of old trees, with large canopies, such as old oaks on the shore of ponds, and here we have all these conditions. We have a long list of birds in this area. We have forests, we have salty marshes, we have flood plains, so we have a plethora of birds. We have cormorants and several kinds of egrets. We have plenty of birdwatchers. Some come to watch a specific bird, others come for art photography. We have loads of birdwatching blinds all around the pond."

Comana Park is home to the black stork, Ciconia Nigra, and in order to protect them, experts with the Romanian Ornithological Society recently organised an action to plant a special species of oak, Quercus Robur. Here is Ovidiu Bufnila, communication secretary with the Romanian Ornithological Society:

"Black storks use Comana Nature park for nesting. We are talking about a very charismatic but very shy species. As opposed to the white storks, which live close to people in villages, nesting on chimneys or electricity poles, black storks are much shier, they nest in the forest. Sometimes they nest in eagle nests, but prefer to make a very strong, very large nest, just like white storks, in the crotch of branches. That is why we have decided to have the campaign to plant oaks. This species sustain life from top to bottom, you can find all kinds of life forms, from insects to birds. Jaybirds nest in the branches, while the acorn that falls from the tree feeds boars and other animals. This is the ideal kind of trees. We called on 120 volunteers from the company DB Schenker. They helped us plant 1,000 trees in one day."

In Comana Nature Park you can trek, sail, ride horses and bikes. Close by you have Comana Monastery, built by ruler Vlad the Impaler in 1461 as a fortified monastery.
Publicat: 2019-04-26 14:26:00
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