Island of Pag and northwest Dalmatia
This is the most extensive area of low marshy and sandy coastline and shoals, wide shallow bays, lagoons and protected straits in Croatian littoral. The area also includes two large salt pans (one on the Island of Pag and the other by the town of Nin on the coast), wetlands (ornithological reservations on Pag - Velo Blato, Malo Blato and Kolansko Blato), and few river mouths, of which the largest would be the one of the Zrmanja River.
Therefore, this is one of the most important Croatian wintering and stopover areas for waders, divers, Sandwich terns, sea ducks and grebes, and at present probably the only Croatian breeding site of Kentish Plover. Vast xeric grasslands of the area are the most important nesting site of Stone Curlew in Croatia.
Types of habitats
- 50% sea, 50% land of which:
- 56% xeric grasslands
- 12% mosaic of xeric grasslands and shrub
- 7% Mediterranean shrub
- 2% marshlands
- 23% other - mosaic arable land, olive groves etc.
Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Glossy Ibis, Montagu's Harrier, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Grey Plover, Kentish Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Sandwich Tern, Short-toed Lark, Shag, Pygmy Cormorant, Squacco Herron, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Partridge, Common Crane, Bar-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Little Gull, Common Tern, Eagle Owl, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Calandra Lark, Woodlark, Tawny Pipit, Olive-tree Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike.
And, after some 50 years, the Lesser Kestler /Falco naumanni/ was in spring 2012 again spotted on Pag!