The Pavlov Hills are situated in the middle of the ancient cultural landscape of the southern Moravia, between the city of Mikulov and the water reservoir Nové Mlýny. They are the warmest and almost the driest part of the Czech Republic and many plant species that don´t grow anywhere else occur here. Pálava with his white limestone rocks is among the best-known and most frequently visited places in the Czech Republic. The highest point of Pálava is Děvín with 554 m a.s.l. The other hills are Kotel (477 m), Stolová hora (458 m), Kočičí skála (361 m), Turold (385 m), Svatý kopeček (363 m) and Šibeničník (238 m). The Pálava Protected Landscape Area was established in 1976 on 83 km² and ten years later was listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve as a part of the Man and Biosphere Programme. This area is also included into the list of European Important Bird Areas according to the Birde Directive Natura 2000.