For several weeks now, a brown bear has been roaming the mountain region of Valašsko located in the easternmost part of Moravia, near the Slovak border, approaching villages and attacking sheep at remote farms. Environmentalists are now trying to trace the animal and chase it away from people’s dwellings.
The ceremonial launch of three days of harvesting began on Friday morning
at the largest Czech fish pond Rožmberk, near Třeboň in South Bohemia.
The town is the country’s most famous centre for the production of carp,
which is traditionally eaten by Czechs for Christmas dinner.
Overall, fishermen in Třeboň expect to harvest some 2,200 tonnes of fish from its 250 ponds this year. Last year, the traditional fish harvest attracted some 55,000 people.
The outbreak of a dangerous African bird disease is killing blackbirds and other bird species in the Czech Republic. The mosquito-carried Usutu virus has spread to Europe from tropical and subtropical Africa and has been raising the bird toll across the continent. I spoke to Petr Voříšek of the Czech Society for Ornithology and I first asked him to tell me more about the disease.
Prachovské skaly, unique sandstone rock formations in the Český Ráj
Protected Landscape Area, have been vandalized by spray paint, Czech
Police are investigating the incident and experts from Charles University are to meet to consider how the paint could be removed without damaging the centuries-old sandstone.
The management of the nature reserve is considering special security measures.
Receding waterlines stemming from long droughts this summer have revealed some disturbing ancient relics – so-called “hunger stones”, some dating back as far as 1616, which serve as a warning to future generations. One such hydrological landmark on the Labe River is inscribed in German with the words in "If you see me, weep."
A joint effort by two Czech universities claims to have developed the most accurate plant image recognition system in the world. Able to identify thousands of different kinds of plants and mushrooms, the software has already won three international competitions, beating human experts in the process.
Up to 100 tonnes of fish are estimated to have died in a pond in the
Břeclav region in south Moravia due to a low level of water, which led to
a low concentration of oxygen. The incident happened on Thursday, which was
the hottest day so far this year.
Around two dozen fishermen are at the site removing the dead carp and silverfish from the water. According to the administrator of the fish pond, Oldřich Pecha, the losses are estimated at several million crowns.
The drown-out period of hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in fish ponds, minor rivers and streams.
A farmer in the Krkonoše Mountains found a young wolf in his sheep
enclosure, according to the ctk news agency.
The animal appeared frightened and although there was a flock of sheep in the enclosure none of them were harmed.
It is thought that the young wolf was a lost member of a pack that is somewhere in the vicinity. The animal was released back into the wild.
According to the head of the Krkonoše National Park Jakub Kašpar such an incident is exceptional.