Mali Plac Nature Reserve

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Mali plac, located at the Kostanjevica hill near the village of Bevke, is a unique example of the so called raised marsh, one of southern Europe's few remaining natural environments of the kind. Being the only surviving remnant of the former moss-dominated bogs of Ljubljana Marshes, which disappeared due to drainage and the exploitation of peat in recent centuries, since 1994 it has been protected as a nature reserve.

Mali plac provides a natural habitat for several rare marsh species such as sundew, the marsh violet (Viola uliginosa) and the bog orchid (Orchis palustris). Apart from being home to a variety of rare marsh bird and animal species, it is one of the last remaining natural sanctuaries for the almost extinct European pond terrapin, indigenous to the area.

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