Scars of slate mining are visible almost everywhere, but mines and slagheaps evolved to habitats for rare animal and plant species.
Steep and deep valleys, where the slopes are covered with coniferous forests are - a characteristic of this landscape. The clean waters are ideal habitat for a rare bird, the dipper.
Only lichens are able to live on bare rock. They are pioneers of successional vegetation on slate debris.
Heberndorf: today the old forge is a museum of local history, with exhibits about life in the "good old days". Source for wealth of this community used to be a granite quarry.