Mali Plac Nature Reserve

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.

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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