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Wild Slovenia in Spring

Tour Code: SVN02

An 8-day single-centre holiday focusing on the wild flowers, birds and butterflies around Slovenia's Lake Cerknica.

8 days from £1295(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1115 SRS: £150


On this tour we will be based by Lake Cerknica, one of the largest ‘intermittent lakes’ in Europe. Around our accommodation we are likely to see Wryneck and Red-backed Shrike, whilst in nearby meadows Quail, Whinchat and Scarlet Rosefinch will be breeding. We’ll visit the peat bogs at Bloke in search of orchids as well as special birds including Nutcracker, Barred Warbler and Crested Tit. In the meadows at Planina we may find Common Valerian and Siberian Iris, while the forests around Mount Sneznik are home to such rarities as Scarce Fritillary as well as a variety of interesting birds. On the limestone ‘karst proper’, we will explore dry grassland in search of orchids, and butterflies including blues, coppers, and Glanville, Heath, False Heath and Spotted Fritillaries.

  • Single-centre tour & with all excursions within about an hour’s drive of our base
  • Look for Red-footed Falcons, plus Sedge Warbler
  • Listen for the ‘booms’ of Bitterns and ‘rasps’ of Corncrakes
  • False Ringlet & Purple-edged Copper are numerous here
  • Burnt-tip, Globe & Southern Marsh Orchids, peat bogs at Bloke
  • Look for the rare Amethyst Meadow Squill plus Clustered Bellflower, Planina
  • Three-toed Woodpecker & Ural Owl live in the forests around Mount Sneznik
  • Knapweed, Nickerl’s & Ashman’s Fritillaries plus Chestnut Heath on karst grassland
  • Led by expert naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Comfortable rooms on a working farm. Most rooms are en-suite, some have private bathrooms separate to the bedroom (please contact the Naturetrek office for further information)

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Day 1 Fly Ljubljana

Days 2/7 Excursions from our base on Lake Cerknica

Day 8 Fly London

Sandwiched between Austria to the north and Croatia to the south, and bordering Hungary and Italy to the east and west, Slovenia boasts some magnificent scenery and a high level of biodiversity for its small size. Situated in the centre-south of the country between the Bloke Plateau and Mount Slivnica — and lying within one of Slovenia’s most scenic karst (limestone) landscapes — is Lake Cerknica. This is one of the largest ‘intermittent lakes’ in the whole of Europe, which rises and falls by up to 7 metres per year and is fed by underground springs and snow melt. On this new tour we will be based for a whole week on the shores of Lake Cerknica, from where we will make excursions each day in search of the special wild flowers, butterflies and birds of the surrounding area.

After a flight to the capital, Ljubljana, we will drive for about an hour south-west to our base, a working farm set in orchards, in the village of Zerovnica on the eastern shores of Lake Cerknica. Around our accommodation we are likely to see Wryneck and Red-backed Shrike, whilst in nearby meadows Quail, Whinchat and Scarlet Rosefinch will be breeding. We will look for Red-footed Falcons, as well as Sedge Warbler and Ashy-headed Yellow Wagtail, and listen for the ‘booms’ of Bitterns and ‘rasps’ of Corncrakes. Butterflies, including rare wetland species such as False Ringlet and Purple-edged Copper, abound here, as do wild flowers. We’ll visit the famous peat bogs at Bloke in search of Burnttip, Globe and Southern Marsh Orchids, along with birds including Nutcracker, Barred Warbler and Crested Tit. In the meadows at Planina we may be lucky enough to find the rare Amethyst Meadow Squill along with Clustered Bellflower, Common Valerian and Siberian Iris. On another day, we will visit the forests around Mount Sneznik, home to such rarities as Scarce Fritillary and a variety of interesting birds, including Three-toed Woodpecker and Ural Owl. On the ‘karst proper’, about 50 minutes’ drive west of Lake Cerknica, we will explore an area of dry grassland in search of orchids and butterflies, including Glanville, Heath, False Heath, Spotted, Knapweed, Nickerl’s and Ashman’s Fritillaries, plus blues, coppers and the very local Chestnut Heath.

All of our excursions will be within about an hour’s drive of our base, making for a relaxed week in this little-explored region of Europe.

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Thu 6th June 2019 - Thu 13th June 2019

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£1295

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Land only cost: £1115 More info

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Visiting: Slovenia

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