SEVEN MAGIC PONDS IN THE VALLEY OF DRAGA
The valley of Draga pri Igu lies on the northern edge of the Ljubljana Marsh. Its major features include seven scenic ponds situated at the marshy bottom of the valley and a nature trail running through the woodland above it. The ponds and their surrounding areas form part of Natura 2000, a European Union-wide network of nature protection areas.
The ponds in the valley of Draga pri Igu originate from the 18th century, when clay was being dug in the valley for a nearby brickworks. Today, the ponds form part of an area of extraordinary natural diversity and an important nesting site for aquatic birds. Scientists have recorded as many as 152 different bird species nesting in the area, the most notable being the great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus), the little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), the Eurasian coot (Fulica atra), and the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
The ponds are home to 13 different fish species, including a number of endangered ones such as the tench (Tinca tinca), the zander (Stizostedion lucioperca), and the northern pike (Esox lucius). They also provide habitat to otters, several frog and dragonfly species, and the protected European pond turtle and noble crayfish.
Woodland nature trail
The three-kilometre nature trail through the woodland of the valley of Draga pri Igu is signposted with information boards on different tree species. The trail takes about an hour to complete. It begins and ends by a large pond next to the Draga Hunting Lodge, where parking is available.
IŠKI VINTGAR - GORGE OF IŠKA RIVER
" HIKING & RELAXING"
The interesting appearance of the gorge and its rapid little river, sandbanks, numerous river pools and steep rocky banks reminiscent, at places, of the walls of a canyon, is due to the powerful mechanisms of tectonic faulting.
A walk through the gorge offers an opportunity to see numerous interesting rocks testifying to the area's turbulent geological history, such as gravel stones composed of dolomite streaked with white calcite veins, reddish and greenish coloured flat round-shaped stones with mineral inclusions, and several others. The gorge's scenic appearance is also due to its vegetation, which includes trees whose roots cling to the gorge's steep walls and numerous alpine plants such as sedge, rhododendron, twoflower violet, Carniolan primrose and spring snowflake.
About an hour's walk from Iški vintgar there is a World War II partisan hospital, which is also well worth visiting. Founded as early as in April 1942, it was one of Slovenia's earliest partisan hospitals. It was restored in 1966. From the hospital, several waymarked paths lead to Rakitna, Krim and Bloke.
"LEARNING & DISCOVERY"
The nature reserve situated between the villages of Ig and Podpeč at Ljubljana Marshes is dedicated to conserving the unique natural environment of the wetland area known as Iški Morost. The reserve is crossed by a 1.3-kilometre nature trail called Koščeva pot (Corn Crake Trail). The trail, called after a rare and endangered bird species, offers a unique insight into the wetland wildlife and animal species.
The wetlands of Ljubljana Marshes are inhabited by as many as 89 butterfly species and are the nesting habitat of a hundred different bird species, a half of all bird species living in Slovenia. Even larger is the number of different birds spending the winter at Ljubljana Marshes or stopping over on their migration route to warmer climates.
Ljubljana Marshes provide habitat for several bird species endangered across Europe and the world, such as the corn crake (Crex crex), the Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata), the common quail (Coturnix coturnix), the Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), the Eurasian scops-owl (Otus scops), the whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), the grasshopper warbler (Locustella naevia), and the northern harrier (Circus cyaneus).
Guided walks along the Koščeva pot nature trail
Guided walks along the Koščeva pot nature trail, organized by the Society for Observation and Study of Birds of Slovenia, are available for groups by prior arrangement. Guided by a professional guide, an ornithologist, visitors are introduced to the unusual natural features of Ljubljana Marshes with a special emphasis on bird species. The walk includes a bird watching session.
Guided walks for groups of up to 25 people are available in Slovenian and English.
Duration: one and a half hours (standard trip) or three hours (prolonged trip)
BEST HIKING & EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES IN THE NATURE
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Price includes: local guide, one of our tours in Ig area - you choose, informational walk
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Duration: Approx. 3 hours
Location: Ljubljana area(Ig), Slovenia
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