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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

Ovaj tipični slavonski prisavski pašnjak oplemenjen močvarnom florom i faunom, koji ima status zaštićenog krajolika, se nalazi istočno od Slavonskog Broda, kod sela Oprisavci i Poljanci. Na Gajni se nalazi više aluvijalnih depresija u kojima se zbog proljetno-jesenskih poplava zadržava voda čime se obnavlja vodeni biljni i životinjski svijet bara., što tehnički pospješuje postojanje lateralnog kanala koji Gajnu presijeca u zapadnom dijelu te vodu skupljenu na Dilj gori odvodi u Savu odnosno u bare Gajne. Obzirom da se uglavnom uvijek ukazuje na negativno antropogeno djelovanje u prirodi, sa sigurnošću možemo reći da značajni zaštičeni krajobraz Gajna predstavlja jedinstven primjer u Hrvatskoj gdje je čovjek, uz "koristan" učinak zdrave vode za napajanje stoke na pašnjaku, omogućio razvoj biljnog i životinjskog svijeta.

Zaštićeni krajobraz, ima površinu od oko 500 ha. Tu se nalazi poučna staza s vidikovcem. Obilježena je biciklistička staza Slavonski Brod – Gajna, a na prostorima zaštičenog krajobraza, za stalno, obitava pedesetak Podolskih goveda, desetak posavskih konja, a u najnovije vrijeme redovni stanovnici Gajne su i Slavonske svinje. 

 

PRAŠNIK

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Smješten u šumskom području općine Stara Gradiška, ovaj posebni rezervat  šumske vegetacije pokriva površinu od 52 ha posljednjih ostataka slavonske hrastove prašume, danas se koristi za znanstvena istraživanja i za potrebe šumara. U staro doba, takve su šume prekrivale čitav prostor između Save i Drave.  Prašnik je jedinstvena sekundarna prašuma starih slavonskih hrastova lužnjaka na području općine Stara Gradiška. Smatra se prašumom zato što se u njoj nikada nije gospodarilo. Izlučen je iz redovnoga gospodarenja još 1928. godine u površini oko 53 ha, a nalazi se na približno 96 m nadmorske visine. Danas je to posebni rezervat šumske vegetacije koji ima oko 1000 starih stabala hrasta lužnjaka i oko 150 stabala običnoga graba i bukve. Između starih stabala koja su dosta rijetka javlja se mlada mješovita šuma. Hrastova stabla stara su između 250 i 300 pa i više godina, prsnoga su promjera od 70 do 220 cm, a visine pojedinih orijaša veće su čak i od 40 m. Volumen takvih stabala doseže zadivljujućih 50 m3.

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.

MUŠKI BUNAR

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Nedaleko Okučana, na krajnjem zapadu županije, nalazi se lokalitet Muški bunar na kojem se nalazi zaštićena stoljetna šuma graba. Vrijednost Muškog bunara prepoznata je još 1929. kada je šuma proglašena posebnim rezervatom šumske vegetacije. S površinom od 43 ha također pripada šumskom području Gradiške. Tu se miješaju hrastova šuma (26 ha) i planinska šuma bukve. Prosječna starost stabala iznosi od 250 do 300 godina.

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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RIBNJACI JELAS

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Ribnjaci Jelas su kompleks umjetnih ribnjaka od kojih su dva zaštićena kao posebni ornitološki rezervati na površini od 19 tisuća ha. 24 ribnjaka nastanjuje 230 vrsti ptica, s najvećom kolonijom čaplji kašikara i čaplji u Hrvatskoj.

PLJUSKARA

SPILJA PLJUSKARA

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.

PAŠNJAK IVA

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Značajni zaštičeni krajobraz  pašnjak Iva, površine 268 ha, nalazi se u općini Dragalić. S tri strane je omeđen poplavnim šumama hrasta lužnjaka. Vegetaciju ispašom održavaju autohtoni konji posavci a stanište je dio Nacionalne ekološke mreže zbog važnosti za ptice.

BARA DVORINA

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Posebni ornitološki rezervat (124 ha) između Klakara i Donje Bebrine, pokraj Gajne. Važno je područje za migracije ptica. Ovdje je zabilježeno oko 160 vrsti ptica.