Things not to do in Carpathian Mountains…
Forget your binoculars.
The Carpathians are home to hundreds of species of bird with the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, in particular, supporting cormorants, red breasted geese and Europe’s largest collection of white pelicans. Rock buntings, woodpeckers, oral owls, horned larks and golden eagles are all known to inhabit the Carpathians’ national parks with the bird watching season lasting from spring right the way through to the end of summer.
Underestimate the weather. As with any outdoor adventure, it certainly pays to be prepared and if you can pack for the possibility of four seasons in one day then you won’t go far wrong whilst exploring in the Carpathian Mountains. No matter what the time of year, things can turn on a sixpence with mist on the higher grounds and snow flurries breaking a sunny day straight down the middle.
Pet the dogs. Trekking in the Carpathians will bring you into contact with all manner of wildlife; however, neither wild dogs or sheepdogs are likely to be up there on your ‘big five’. Dogs will bare their teeth, defend their territory and bite, especially if provoked or cornered. Best advice is to not look them in the eyes, not turn your back on them and to move past a pack with confidence whilst holding a large stick or rock, just in case.