Fourth themed weekend: Javorniki forests and bird watching
Another hiking themed Saturday is behind us. We explored the mighty ridge of the Javornik Hills, which has always watched over the intermittent Lake Cerknica and sculpts the character of the Notranjska region and its inhabitants. On Sunday, we entered the mysterious world of birds on the Drvošec trail.
Saturday was dedicated to the walk through the magical beech-fir forest and exploration of the karst phenomena, its caves, dens, beautiful views. The guide Ivan Najger told us stories connected to the area of the Rapallo border. The experienced guide Najger led us along the forest paths on a warm sunny day. For good many hours he took us to the land of bears, wolves and lynxes and at each step he shared with us interesting facts about nature, history, customs and different karst phenomena.
The forest path led us past deep landslides and karst caves (Šujica), we have even crossed the old Rapallo border (passports were not needed this time). The exploration continued to Mali and Veliki Kamojstrnik (submarine), and our wandering ended with a tour of Dolenjska Glažuta and Cvinger.
All the participants managed to walk the whole way, peeked into the abandoned bear dens and at the end we were happy to admit that one can always learn something new. Pleasantly tired, we finally indulged in good homemade food and snacks in Dolenja vas.
On Sunday morning, we walked a part of Drvošec trail to two observatories. Along the way, we stopped to listen to birds several times and recognized some of them by their sounds. We were also viewing them with our binoculars. We heard the chirping of great woodpecker cubs, the beautiful singing of the black-headed gull, the sound of the willow blacksmith, and of other birds that made us company on the way.
The guide of themed activities is financed by the LIFE Stržen project, so it is free of charge for the participants.