Networking visit at Secovlje Salina

Nature Park in Slovenia

Article date: 29-05-2014 / 29-05-2017

Secovlje Salina

Last week Green Balkans’ experts have made a networking visit to Secovlje Salina Nature Park in Slovenia aiming at experience exchange. Main topic of the meeting was sharing experience within two projects co-financed by the financial instrument LIFE+ of EC: project MC-SALT „Environmental Management and Conservation in Mediterranean Saltworks and Coastal Lagoons” LIFE10/NAT/IT/000256 in which Green Balkans NGO is a partner and project MANSALT «Man and nature at Secovlje salt-pans” LIFE09/NAT/SI/000376 implemented by Secovlje Salina Nature Park.

Both projects are related to management of saltworks and conservation of rare coastal habitats and species protected by EU Directives – guarantee for good state of the biodiversity.

Main actions of project MANSALT are related to large restoration of hydrological structures for water management in the different pools – protective sea wall, internal dikes, sluices, etc. Due to floods in previous years caused by winter storms urgent need of restoration of the protective sea wall has arisen so to control the water regime. We had the chance to see on site the restoration works carried by the workers of the slatworks

Serious problem for the partners within MC-SALT project at different sites was identified to be the Yellow-legged gull that is causing predation and abandonment by other water bird species colonies like terns, avocets, stilts. Though similar problem exists also in Slovenia it is at lesser scale but other species turned out to be a new threat for the rare bird colonies – the hooded crow. It was recorded in the past two years to actively predate on chicks and also killing adult terns that are protecting their nests.

Interesting fact we discovered in the past week is that mud from the saline lagoons is not popular in the Western Europe as it is in Bulgaria. Though in Slovenia it is used but number of users is limited and strictly regulated so not to disturb the nesting birds at the site. Use is made at special wooden huts in a designated part of the saltworks and that service costs a lot.

Secovlje Salina Nature Park has approved management plan for 10 years period that regulates all activities at the site. Action plans for the main breeding bird species (Common and Little tern and Kentish plover) have been developed within MANSALT project.

It was interesting to share experience and to identify common threats for the coastal lagoons like development of mass tourism at the sea coast and related to that over construction.

Secovlje Salina Nature Park is a very good example for a well managed park by a director entirely dedicated to nature protection. The site shows how economic activity (hand salt-production), tourism and nature protection can co-exist in a sustainable way when different stakeholder unite.


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