The conditions of the game preserve
Mereni Game Preserve lies on a territory of three hundred and fifty acres. The relief is characteristically composed of deep, protected brook beds and gently sloping hills. Some 85,71% of the area of the preserve is forest while the remaining 14,29% is made up of meadows. The forests are composed of mainly oaks (41,2 %), pines (13,4%), beeches (22,7%), hornbeams (12,6%), birches (8,4%) and limes (1,7%). As the vast majority of the tree stock has not been created by planting but by natural afforestation, the species “were able to find” the most suitable habitat. Accordingly, the distribution of acorn-bearing and other types of woody areas provides a variegated, natural image in the whole territory of the preserve. The conditions of the vegetation perfectly match the needs of the different game, but principally those of wild boar. The oak and beech forests of great extent provide the natural food-supplement. Snails and fungus are responsible for the natural replacement of lime and other important elements. The dense birch forests impenetrable for humans fully satisfy the typical hiding demands of the wild boar.
The region homing the game preserve - the same as mountainous terrains do in general - exposes its real beauty in winter. The blanket of snow, occasionally reaching the thickness of a meter, accentuates the shape of the hills – therefore somewhat diminishing the dominance of the forests.
This time the peculiar and variegated beds hollowed out by brooks open up more to accentuate the presence of natural hydrography. Winter period is the most suitable not only for watching the landscape but also for observing the game - from purposely created ambushes placed in the most beautiful spots of the preserve. A certain amount of the ambushes is open, but the majority is suitable for both winter and longer summer observations.