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Kamenjak Viewpoint, Educational Botanical Trail, Lake Vrana Nature Park

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The dominant feature of Lake Vrana Nature Park is a ornithological reserve, which obtained the status of special ornithological reserve in 1983.

Lake Vrana Ornithological Reserve; Ornithological station; Source: Vrana lake Nature park archives

Lake Vrana Ornithological Reserve; Ornithological station; Source: Vrana lake Nature park archives

ABOUT THE RESERVE

This small wetland area within the Lake Vrana Nature Park is left over from the former tenfold larger Vrana mud, a swamp which with ameliorative channels and penetration of the Prosika channel on the southeastern shore of the lake to the sea, during the 18th century almost completely dried up and was brought to the brink of survival, and with it the wildlife that depended on it. However, although covering only a small surface area in relation to its main swamp, today's Ornithological Reserve is characterized by an abundance of wildlife, especially bird life. 102 species of birds use the reserve during nesting season, when the tall cane provides ideal shelter for their nests and young birds, and water and land offer an abundant supply of food. During winter, 87 species of wintering birds find shelter on Lake Vrana from the severe northern cold, and on sunny winter days up to 100 000 birds can be seen on the open water of the lake enjoying the mild climate and abundant food. During autumn and spring migration, over 140 species of migrational birds stop by to Lake Vrana for food and rest. Often, a bird species appears on Lake Vrana as a wintering bird or a migrational bird or a nesting bird, so the total number of species is not equal to the sum of wintering, migrational and nesting birds. Of the total 251 species of birds that live in the reserve, nesting, wintering or using Lake Vrana as a resting and feeding area during migration, 136 species belong to the critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or low-risk species at the national (129), European (95) or even global level (9). In addition, reed beds and riparian meadow bird of the Ornithological Reserve, as part of wetland ecosystems, are among the most endangered populations in Croatia.

BIRDS

Within the reserve there are important populations of 13 bird species whose local populations from Lake Vrana are important for the stability of the total population at a national, European or global level, or are even important to the survival of entire species. These are:

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Purple Heron Ardea purpurea is a species at risk in Europe and Croatia. The nesting population on Lake Vrana is the only one in Coastal Croatia, and makes up over 10% of the total Croatian population.

Image Bittern Botaurus stellaris is a species at risk in Europe, and endangered in Croatia. Since Lake Vrana is one of only three nesting ground of this species in the Croatian coastal region, it is important despite the fact that bitterns likely nest here irregularly.  If in the near future hydrological stabilization of the lake occurs and burning canes is prevented, the bittern nesting population will stabilize and grow.
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Great Egret Egretta alba is an endangered species in Croatia, and regardless of the irregularity of its nesting on the lake, the population is important because it is the only one in the coastal region.

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Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus is an endangered species in Croatia with only two breeding sites in the coastal region: Lake Vrana and the lower Neretva. Therefore, this population is important regardless of the small numbers.

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Corncrake Crex crex is a species at risk globally, in Europe and in Croatia. Unfortunately, in Lake Vrana the nesting population is extinct, but the migrational population is still present. Hydrological stabilization of the lake, expansion of the park, and replacement of intensive agriculture with extensive livestock husbandry would create favorable conditions for the return of nesting populations.

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Little Crake Porzana parva is most likely an endangered nesting population in Croatia with a population of less than 100 pairs. The Vrana population is therefore important, as besides the Neretva population it is the only one in the coastal region.

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Spotted Crake Porzana porzana is even rarer and has a smaller nesting population than the Little Crake in Croatia, with a total population of probably less than 50 pairs. A nesting population in the Lake Vrana were discovered only in 2003 by using a nocturnal sonar method.

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Coot Fulica atra is a widespread nesting bird, but the Mediterranean wintering population is under heavy pressure from hunting and they are therefore considered low-risk. The numerous wintering populations from Lake Vrana are important for the stability of the overall wintering populations of the Mediterranean.

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Reed Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon is a critically endangered nesting bird in Croatia and any potential nesting ground for this species is of great importance. Furthermore, many wintering populations are also important for the stability of this species.

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Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmaeus: is a critically endangered species in Croatia, whose only stable nesting ground in Croatia is Lake Vrana. Protection of this area is therefore of crucial importance for the survival of the species in this country.           

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Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides is a species at risk in Europe and an endangered species in Croatia.  They are regularly present at Lake Vrana during the nesting period, and there are indications that they occasionally nest here. Since throughout the Croatian coastal region these birds no longer nest anywhere, the Lake Vrana population is important, especially in the case of hydrological stabilization of the lake, which would lead to stabilization of the squacco heron population.

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Small falcon Falco columbarius is an endangered wintering species in Croatia with a total wintering population of 50-100 birds. Therefore, Lake Vrana’s population of 1-2 pairs is important.

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Little Egret Egretta garzetta is a species at risk in Croatia and the population from Lake Vrana is important for the same reason as the squacco herons.

Source: JU PP Lake Vrana

ENTRANCE FEES

For birdwatching at the Lake Vrana Ornithological Reserve entrance fees are charged for the Lake Vrana Nature Park as follows:

Adults: HRK 20

Children from 7 to 18: HRK 10

Children under 7: free-of-charge

Family pass: HRK 45

Students and Golden Age (pensioners): HRK 15

HOW TO GET THERE

The location of the parking lot near the Birds of Lake Vrana educational trail is marked on the Google map.  On the map of the Lake Vrana Nature Park, the locations of three ornithological and bird observation stations are marked.

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Parking area for the educational Birds of Lake Vrana trail

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