Krka River National Park
wide diversity of river habitats characterizes this national park's area - rapids with steep banks and some gravel bars, river lakes, brackish mouth. The banks are also very diverse: from gorges with numerous high and sheer cliffs, rocks and screes, to wet and dry meadows intercepted with arable land. Wetland habitats are well developed in shallow bays of Visovacko Lake an at River Gudaca's mouth. Xeric grasslands are prevailing on the plateau above the river - here dwells the largest Croatian population of Calandra Lark. The rest of the plateau is covered with sub Mediterranean forest.
With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters, the Krka River is a natural karst phenomenon. Patches of reeds, lakes formed along part of the river and swamped meadows abound in amphibians and birds. The abundance of various species of birds (222), the structure of the bird communities and the great significance of the Krka for spring and autumn migrations make it among the ornithologically most valuable regions of Europe.
Types of habitats
- 65% Mediterranean dry grasslands largely overgrown with shrub
- 15% pubescent oak shrub and forests
- 10% intensively cultivated arable fields
- 3% wetland and swampy habitats
- 7% other (mosaic arable fields, pine groves)
Rock Partridge, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Lesser Grey Shrike, Pygmy Cormorant, Little Bittern, Bittern, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Bonelli's Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Stone Curlew (localized in the surroundings of the village Pokrovnik), Nightjar, Eagle Owl, Kingfisher, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark, Tawny Pipit, Moustached Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Ortolan.