Rich grasslands with unique flowers
Natural meadows with different flower species, almost extinct elsewhere in Europe
From the first signs of spring, Transylvanian Highlands are overflowns with the most vivid colors of the spontaneous flora that can still be found in our area and, as many tourists and specialists say, it is no longer found elsewhere.
In May, you indulge various species of wild orchids (with funny names such as cow butter), but also the pheasant’s eye or the temptress purple.
During the months of June-August, the meadows explode with the appearance of clovers, bachelor’s button, daisies, meadow sage, lady’s bedstraw, Carthusian pink, Bluebell Bellflower, wild carrot or field eryngo.
Autumn is the time of the gentiana, saffron, or autumn crocus.
The natural and semi-natural habitats of old forests (over 80 years) and grasslands, with high biodiversity are prevalent, there are few arable lands and unfavorable areas, such as industrial ones, are almost completely absent. The natural picture is complemented by a rich network of valleys with naturally flowing streams, creating large meanders, valleys with specific meadow vegetation, including willows, poplars and old anins, important habitats for many species of flora and wildlife that provide important ecological services.
SCI Sighișoara Târnava Mare – protected area Natura 2000 has been designated for grassland habitats, lakes, bushes and meadows, forests of different types (all habitats of European interest) and for numerous species of flora and fauna dependent on them. The area is of international importance, thanks to the large grasslands, probably the last ones in Europe, which are perfectly functional from an ecological point of view. Their traditional management has established a balance between human activities and nature, which has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages.
More information on the protected Natura 2000 site Sighisoara Tarnava Mare.
Credit foto: Florentina Florescu