Grebe Nature Trail
The 781 hectare area has been designated a protected area since 1976. Lake Péteri is actually a 3 pond system which was originally a natural sodic or saline lake. It was transformed into fish ponds during the 20th century. The total lake area is approximately 220 ha. Primary water delivery and drainage for the system is through the Dong-éri Main Canal.
Saline plant communities and saline marsh vegetation are characteristic of the flora in the lakes’ vicinity. For example, alkaline marsh vegetation commonly found on saline pioneer swards in salty meadows, puccinellietum and saline steppes can be found here. Some of the outstanding botanical treasures include the green-winged or green-veined orchid (Anacamptis morio), the bug orchid (Anacamptis coriophora), lax-flowered orchid (otherwise known as the loose-flowered orchid, or green-winged meadow orchid) and the yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata). Waterfowl make their homes among the reeds, while the alkaline grassland birds prefer habitats along the saline edges of the lake. Of particular importance are the heron colonies which have developed here. Other birds that regularly nest here include the ferruginous duck or pochard (Aythya nyroca), gadwall (Anas strepera), garganey (Anas querquedula), common pochard (Aythya ferina), little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), European roller (Coracias garrulus), marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), white stork (Ciconia ciconia) and the moustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon). The lake system is an important resting and feeding area for birds during the spring and autumn migration periods.
Copses of planted poplar and black locust trees enjoy the sandy soil, and in some places reach down to the water’s edge. Tree hole dwelling species such as the European roller (Coracias garrulus), European green woodpecker (Picus viridis), black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) and certain species of bat make their homes in some of the older poplars.
Grebe Nature Trail:
Distance: 3500 meters
- The Dong-éri Main Canal
- The History of Lake Péteri
- Lake Péteri as a Fishpond
- Lake Péteri’s Birdlife
- Furry Den Residents
- Forests in the Lake Péteri Vicinity
- Water, Water, Clean Water
- Life on the Alkaline Steppes
- Récés-szék, Sodic Pan with Ducks
Enjoy your walk!
Kiskunság National Park Directorate
Liszt F. u. 19