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Nature

NATURAL LANDMARKS

The County has three main terrain shapes – mountains (the slopes of Dilj, Papuk and Požega Mountain), plains (which cover most of the County) and valleys (around the Sava River).

The primary ecological systems are forests and swaps, cultivated areas (grasslands, plough lands, orchards and vineyards), artificial water systems (reservoir lakes, ponds) and forests. Around 30% of the County is covered in forests – beech and hornbeam forests in the mountain areas, and oak forests mixed with ash tree, elm tree and lime tree forests in the valleys. Bodies of water and swamps are important ecological systems in the County because they have a high value regarding the biological diversity and the diversity of the landscape of the area, and the Sava River has several protected areas – Jelas polje and Bara Dvorina as well as the eastern part of Lonjsko polje. Therefore, it is no surprise that fishing is an important economic activity and the ponds have cultivated their own diverse eco-systems that have replaced the swamps which all but gone due to the melioration. The existing ponds and the remaining swamps are important habitats for swamp birds, vegetation and wildlife and the two ornithological reserves were founded in the County. 

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LAKE PETNJA

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The artificial lake "Petnja" is positioned on the southern slopes of Dilj, 3.5 km northeast of Sibinj, i.e. 7 km northwest of Slavonski Brod. The lake itself invigorates visitors with its appearance, surrounding forests, forest pathways, recreational potentials for fishing, rowing and other water sports in the open air. The special attractiveness of this lake is the blue colour of its waters, with the green and brilliant colours of the surrounding forests, which gave the lake the name "Dilj eye". Northwards from this protected locality, adjacent to the spring of the brook Petnja ("Vid's hill") there are several smaller caves, among them the most interesting erosive shape is built in the canyon of the stream - "Pljuskara", which also includes three waterfalls on the brook.

NATURE PARK LONJSKO POLJE

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The nature park Lonjsko polje is a swamp river reserve that covers a surface of 50.6 thousand hectares, of which only 3 thousand belong to the Brod-Posavina County and the rest belongs to the area of the Sisak-Moslavina County. This nature park is the largest protected swamp area not just in the Republic of Croatia, but in the whole Danube area as well. Springtime and autumn floods create living conditions for over 250 types of swamp birds and over 550 types of various plants. Lonjsko polje is one of the largest natural bird reserves and common carp hatcheries in Europe.

GAJNA

A protected landscape, Gajna is a typical Slavonian Sava valley pasture with abundant swamp animal and plant life situated east of Slavonski Brod, close to the villages of Oprisavci and Poljanci. Gajna has several alluvial depressions that are filled with water during spring and autumn floods, thus enabling the regeneration of the swamp flora and fauna. This contributes to the lateral canal which cuts through Gajna in its western part and conveys the water gathered on the Dilj Mountain to the Sava River and the Gajna swamps. While today attention is mostly being drawn only to the negative anthropogenic impacts on nature, Gajna represents a unique Croatian example of positive impacts of human influence on the environment, which has not only ensured a supply of fresh water for cattle watering but has facilitated the development of wildlife.

This protected landscape has a 500 hectares surface. There is an educational trail with a gazebo and a marked Slavonski Brod-Gajna cycling track, and, the area of that protected landscape is permanently inhabited by around fifty of the Podolska cattle sort, around 10 Posavian horses, and the most recent inhabitants of Gajna are the Slavonian pigs.

 

PRAŠNIK

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Located in the forest area of ​​the municipality of Stara Gradiška, this special forest vegetation reserve covers an area of ​​52 ha of the last remains of the Slavonian oak rainforests, which is today used for scientific research and for the needs of the rangers. In ancient times, such forests covered the entire area between Sava and Drava. Prašnik is a unique secondary rainforest of the old Slavonian oak trees in the area of ​​the Stara Gradiska municipality. It is considered as a rainforest because it was never used for economic purposes. 53ha of it were excluded from regular economic usage in 1928, and it is settled approximately 96m above the sea level. Today it is a special forest vegetation reserve that has about 1000 old oak trees and about 150 common beech and hornbeam trees. Between the old trees, which are quite rare, a young mixed forest has appeared. The oak trees are aged between 250 and 300 years or more, with a diameter of 70 to 220 cm, and the height of individual giant trees is greater than 40 meters. The volume of such trees reaches an astonishing 50 m3.

MUŠKI BUNAR

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Settled not far from Okučani, on the far west of the County, is the locality of Muški Bunar with a protected centuries-old grazing forest. The value of Muški Bunar was recognized in 1929 when the forest was declared a special reserve for forest vegetation. With an area of ​​43 ha it also belongs to the forest area of ​​Gradiška. Here, there is a mix of oak forests (26 ha) and mountain beech forests. The average age of trees ranges from 250 to 300 years.

STRIBOR'S FOREST AND POPOVIĆ FOREST

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Today, the city is stretched across the slopes of the Dilj Mountain, where there are no longer just old villas, but also many family houses, cottages and even whole city streets. To those who decide to hike on the slopes of Dilj Mountain, we wholeheartedly recommend stopping by the “Đuro Pilar” hiker’s home in the Popović forest, a popular outing spot for Brod’s hikers, as well as the Brlić family summer house where Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić wrote her most beautiful children’s stories.

LJESKOVE VODE

At a distance of twenty kilometers from Slavonski Brod, Ljeskove vode are located in the municipality of Bukovlje, only 2 km north from the village Korduševci. Ljeskove vode are enclosed by three hills, and in the valley itself the waters are crystal clear and bright, because there are no pollutants in the vicinity. This artificial lake with a 10 m high dam is enclosed on all sides by thick forests of oak trees, beech trees and pine trees. In addition to swimming, the lake can be used through the whole year for fishing, while the grass covered playgrounds are an ideal site for sport activities. Near the lake is the highest peak of Dilj Mountain called Čardak, and the nearby forests are full of wild animals and birds. While wandering the forest pathways is a refreshing pastime during the hot summer, spring and autumn months, skiing and sledging offer a great delight in winter.

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JELAS PONDS

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The Jelas ponds are an artificial fishing pond complex two of which are protected as special ornithological reserves on a surface of 19 thousand hectares. The 24 ponds are inhabited by 230 bird types, along with the larges colony of common spoonbills and other spoonbills in Croatia.

PLJUSKARA

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Pljuskara is a beautiful forest canyon which was shaped by the eponymous stream, not far from lake Petnja. There are three waterfalls at the stream, but the most interesting attraction is a small cave with a ceiling covered with fossils stemming from the time when this entire area was covered by the Pannonian sea. In the vicinity of the cave, there is a beautiful hiker’s home.

IVA PASTURE

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The significant and protected landscape of the Iva pasture, with a surface of 268 hectares, is settled in the Dragalić municipality. Three of its sides are encompassed with flooded common oak forests. The vegetation is maintained by the autochthonous Posavci horses and whole habitat is a part of the National Ecological Network due to its importance for birds.

MOČVARNA DVORINA

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A special ornithological reserve (124 hectares) between Klakar and Donja Bebrina, near Gajna. It is an important bird migration area. 160 bird types have been noted here.