European rarity – 1400 ant-hills with one billion ants in Natural Park Šebeň, Czech Republic

Updated: July 11, 2020 | By | More

While there are many places to see in around the Czech Republic, nothing can quite compare to spending a day at the Natural Park Šebeň. This natural park is truly a unique rarity in Europe. It is said that there are thousands of ant hills located under every single tree in the park; and as result, the Natural Park Šebeň is home to the largest ant colonies in Europe. There are also countless orchids that can be found throughout the natural Park; many of which are extremely rare.

Ant-hill in Natural Park Šebeň, The Czech Republic
Ant-hill in Natural Park Šebeň, The Czech Republic by Huhulenik

The Natural Park Šebeň is composed entirely of forest land. And although there are a number of villages located throughout the park, they are scattered throughout the 133 hectare parcel. These villages include the Jívoví, Dobrá Voda, Radenice as well as Cyrilov.

According to the scientists and naturalists in charge of operating the Natural Park Šebeň and observing the ant population, there is more than 900 million ants that live within the park boundaries. Likewise, at any given time there are more than 1400 anthills; roughly 10 per hectare. There are so many ants, that it is possible for a new hill to be created in a single day’s time. To make things even more interesting, it is not uncommon to see hundreds of Queen ants in a single anthill.

And while there is much more to the Natural Park Šebeň than just the ant population, the vast majority of visitors to the region specifically make their way to the park for the ant experience. So popular is the ant tourism industry in the region, that a specialized ant trail has been opened in the park, which provides you with up close and personal access to the ant population, as well as offers a smorgasbord of information about the different types of ant species that populate the Park.

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Category: Nature Reserves, Nature Reserves

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