Natural monument Stará Úhlava is situated nearly 2 km far from Švihov in the east part of the region Western Bohemia. It is protected for the cutoff of the river Úhlava and wetlands around it.
Stará Úhlava

Iris pseudacorus

The area of the monument is 0,5 ha and geologically it is made by the Cenozoic sediments of the Úhlava river.
There is a slack water in the cutoff and it is covered by the growths of yellow water-lily (Nuphar lutea), which make typical association of the wetlands of this type with the other plants there, for example with Sagittaria sagittifolia or Iris pseudacorus.
We can see there some trees around the water, common alder (Alnus glutinosa) or field-ash (Sorbus acuparia) is here. Iris pseudophylla is the most important flower in the association of waterside growths.
Some special and protected animals live here, king fisher (Alcedo attnis) or golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus) from the birds kingdom and some other animals as the grass snake (Natrix natrix) or swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
Stará Úhlava