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The territory of Hont is situated on the borderline of Central and Western Slovakia, on the border of southern part of the region of Banská Bystrica and the eastern part of the region of Nitra. In the north it is bounded by the Štiavnica Hills, which in the direction southwards are getting into the Krupina Plane and Ipeľ Basin and in the south it interferes with the Podunaj Lowlands towards the river of Danube.

Geographically the territory is limited by the rivers of Hron, Ipeľ and Krtíš. Before 1918 one part of County of Hont was a part of Hungary. At present time the Slovak part of the County of Hont is integrated into the districts of Krupina, Banská Štiavnica, Levice, Veľký Krtíš and Nové Zámky. The neighbours of the Hont region are the Tekov region in the west, the Zvolen region in the north and the Novohrad region in the east. The territory designated as the Hont area or region is identical with the former county of Hont. The Hont region spreads on the area of 2650 km2, on the borderline of Panonian and Carpathian climatic and bio-geographic area. From time immemorial the country of Hont has been marked by the activity of a human being. The present settlement dates back to the Later Stone Age and since then Hont has been continually settled. The first protected areas in Hont were arboretum Kysihýbel and the present day Bottom Botanic Park.

V súčasnosti sa v Honte nachádza jedna chránená krajinná oblasť (Štiavnické vrchy) a 38 maloplošných chránených území. Tieto v sebe zahŕňajú: 7 prírodných rezervácií, 3 národné prírodné pamiatky, 10 prírodných pamiatok, a 12 chránených areálov. Dve územia (Štúrovsko a Poiplie) sú v zozname chránených vtáčích území a niekoľko ďalších je v zozname navrhovaných území európskeho významu.
V Honte sa nachádza viacero vzácnych mokraďových území. Jedno z nich – Poiplie rozkladajúce sa na ploche 410,87 ha, medzi obcami Ipeľské Predmostie a Tešmak v okresoch Veľký Krtíš a Levice, zapísali 17. februára 1998 do zoznamu medzinárodne významných mokradí, tzv. Ramsarských lokalít. Predstavuje zvyšok rozsiahlejšieho mokraďového ekosystému rieky Ipeľ na juhu stredného Slovenska, ktorý nadväzuje na rozsiahlejšie mokrade v Maďarsku. Ďalšie dve mokrade, nachádzajúce sa v okrese Krupina (Holý vrch a Holý vrch – močidlo) sú zaradené do zoznamu národne významných mokradí. V zozname regionálne významných mokradí je zaradených ďalších 15 mokradí.

At present time there is one protected landscape area (the Štiavnica Hills) and 38 small surface protected areas situated in Hont. These include: 7 nature reservations, 3 national nature sights, 10 nature sights and 12 protected areas. Two of the territories (Štúrovsko and Poiplie) are in the list of protected avian areas and several others are in the list of proposed territories of European significance.

Several scarce wetland areas are situated in Hont. One of them – Poiplie spreading on the area of 410.87 ha, between the villages Ipľské Predmostie and Tešmak in the districts Veľký Krtíš and Levice, was entered in the list of internationally significant wetlands, the so-called Ramsar sites on 17th February 1998. It represents the rest of far-reaching wet-land ecosystem of the river Ipeľ in the south of Central Slovakia, which is a continuation of far-reaching wetlands in Hungary. Two other wetlands situated in the district Krupina (Holý vrch and Holý vrch – močidlo) have been included into the list of national significant wetlands. Further 15 wetlands have been included into the list of regionally important wet-lands. With the exception of hunting game the fauna of mammals has been little examined and is less known. There are 9 kinds of insectivores and 11 kinds of bats recorded and one may usually come across 11 – 13 kinds of rodents here. It seems that field hare is gradually disappearing from the hunting grounds and suslik (Citellus) has almost completely disappeared from the Hont. Wild boars and hoofed animals can find almost ideal conditions in the Hont hunting grounds, the proof of which is also permanently increasing number of high scores awarded for hunting trophies.

Lately one can observe recreational and curative use of the Hont territory, which is connected with appearance of mineral springs as well as with the connection to its nature and cultural peculiarities. National nature reservations, nature sights, natural-constructional interesting places, local museums and a number of sacral and other sights rank indisputably among the attractive places.