• Neretva River's mouth
  • Platalea Leucorodia - Spoonbill
  • Phalacrocorax Pygmaeus - Pygmy Cormorant
  • Alectoris Graeca - Rock Partridge
  • Neretva River's mouth

    Area description

    This is the largest complex of wetland habitats in the Croatian littoral. The vast areas by the banks of the Neretva River and its tributaries are richly developed habitats with copious waterside vegetation (reedbeds, sedge, rush), as well as other riparian plants (both floating and submerged). The very mouth of the Neretva River combines vast lagoons, shallow sand bays, low sandy shores and shoals, and salt marshes.

    Reclaimed land is covered by broad arable fields with a well developed network of irrigation channels. Here dwells Croatia's largest breeding populations of Bitterns and Baillon's Crakes.

    Types of habitats

    • 23% Mediterranean dry grasslands
    • 7% thermophilic forests and pubescent oak shrub
    • 12% coniferous forests and holm oak macchia
    • 7% Meditteranean shrub
    • 14% wetland and swampy habitats
    • 13% orchards
    • 24% other, mostly mosaic arable fields

    Birds

    Bittern, Little Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Baillon's Crake, Oystercatcher, Kentish Plover, Moustached Warbler, Bearded Tit, Lesser Gray Shrike, Pygmy Cormorant, Night Heron, Squacco Herron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Short-toed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Rock Partridge, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Sandwich Tern, Black Tern, Eagle Owl, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Roller, Tawny Pipit, Red-backed Shrike.

    Location