THE forests in the Leaota area are characterised by a broad occurrence of woodpecker species, which is an indication of the structural diversity of naturally dynamic forests.

THE Three-toed Woodpecker for example can be found in the natural spruce forests, whereas the White-backed Woodpecker requires beech or mixed forests with a good presence of dead wood.

THE abundance of Red-breasted and Collared Flycatcher, Woodlark, Eagle Owl, Ural Owl or Hazel Grouse is another proof of the high value of these forests. The good network of mountain creeks also makes the area an attractive home for the rare Black Stork, which is nesting on trees in the forest unlike his close relative, the White Stork.