Gorge

Gorges are elements of landscape, often difficult to access and poorly suited for agricultural use. Therefore, sometimes they are the only refuges for wild nature in the vicinity of human settlements. The steep slopes of the gorges are overgrown with trees and shrubs (such as blackthornhawthornelmblack locust, and lilac), which die and become an important habitat for other organisms. Woodpeckers readily forge hollows in dead tree trunks, and hollows abandoned by woodpeckers are often inhabited by other birds. The boughs and smaller branches of trees and bushes that die and fall to the ground decompose, and become the substratum e.g. for bryophytes and fungi. It is worth visiting this gorge in early spring, to admire the rash of intensely red bowls of fungus - Sarcoscypa austriaca.

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