Post-congress excursion (August 29–31, 2015)

During this three-day excursion we will explore the beauties of one of four National Parks in the Czech Republic, Podyjí (Thaya) National Park. The park is situated along the deep Dyje River valley at the borders with Austria where it connects to the National Park Thayatal in Austria. It was founded in 1991. It consists mainly of different light forest types on acid soils and rocks and rare continental heathlands. There are also deep scree slopes with so-called ice caves. The spider fauna of the park has not been studied adequately, yet. We will be guided by a ranger from the park office. We will provide a spider collection permit to each participant.

We will depart from Brno the morning of August 29, and travel by bus to Znojmo where we will sightsee tour in the town. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Havranické heathland. At the end of the day we will do wine tasting and tour the old former monastery cellars of Znovín winery.

The next day, August 30, we will visit a famous baroque chateau in Vranov nad Dyjí. Then we will take a boat trip to early medieval Bítov Castle. This castle is surrounded by oak-pine forests where we can collect spiders.

The last day, August 31, in the morning we will return to Brno by bus.