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Triglav National Park - BirdForum Opus

Slovenia

Overview

The 840km2 of Triglav National Park cover limestone mountains of the Julian (Julijske) Alps and reach more than 2,860m.

The habitats include mixed and deciduous woodland in the lower areas, mainly Beech although on the warm, dry slopes of Komarca there exists a remnant Mediterranean-type plant community of Snowy Mespilus, Flowering Ash and others.

At higher levels the slopes are covered with dense coniferous forest, mainly spruce with some mountain pine and larch towards the treeline. Above this are alpine meadows, bare rocks and scree slopes.

Birds

Notable Species

Birds of the park include raptors such as Common Buzzard and European Honey Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon and Golden Eagle. Others include Northern Raven, Spotted Nutcracker, and both choughs in the higher parts as well as Rock Ptarmigan, Snow Finch and Alpine Accentor.

The forests have Hazel Grouse, Western Capercaillie and Black Grouse and woodpeckers include Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker. Passerines are rich and with many tits, finches and warblers.

Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Mallard, European Honey Buzzard, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Hazel Grouse, Rock Ptarmigan, Western Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Rock Partridge, Corncrake, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Alpine Accentor, Eurasian Robin, Black Redstart, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Ring Ouzel, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Red-backed Shrike, Common Jay, Common Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Hooded Crow, Northern Raven, Common Starling, House Sparrow, White-winged Snowfinch, Citril Finch, Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Siskin, Common Redpoll, Common Crossbill, Yellowhammer

Other Wildlife

Ibex and Mouflon have been reintroduced to the park, there are also Chamois and Alpine Marmot, Wildcat and Mountain Hare.

Plants include the spectacular Lady's Slipper and Black Vanilla Orchids as well as endemic species such as the poppy Papaver julicum and the bellflower Campanula zoysii.

Site Information

The park includes some particularly well-known tourist spots such as the Seven Lakes Valley, the 60m Savica Falls and the glacial Lake Bohinj as well as Slovenia's highest peak, Mt Triglav.

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

Lake Bohinj has few birds but species such as Grey Heron, Mute Swan and Mallard can be seen.

Access and Facilities

The park is situated in the far north-west of Slovenia and has marked hiking trails, an information centre, hotel accommodation at Lake Bohinj as well as campsites and mountain huts throughout. The nearest major town is Bled to the east.

Contact Details

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External Links

Triglav National Park Map

Triglav National Park - Official Site

Content and images originally posted by Steve

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