Despite being a largely forested country,
Slovenia has also some excellent wetland sites. Most wetlands are continental, with only a few lying on the country’s short stretch of coast. Certainly the most famous and interesting is the
temporary karstic lake (or “turlough”) of Cerknica, in the Notranjska region. This place has an exceptional biodiversity due to its varied landscapes with lake, reedbeds, wet meadows, channels,
forest and farmland. Being temporary, the lake is full of water only after heavy rainfall (usually in autumn and spring). Northeastern, lowland Slovenia has many interesting freshwater wetlands, typical of the Pannonian
region. Although most of the lakes, marshes and reservoirs in the Štajerska region are man-made, they are extremely rich in birds and other wildlife and include areas such as Ptuj and Ormož
lakes, the Medvedce reservoir, the Ormož, Rače and Vrbje fishponds. Wetlands
are a real paradise for birds either for breeding, wintering or as stop-over sites during migration.