Day 5 - Hutovo Blato Marshlands
Hutovo Blato Nature Park is sub‐Mediterranean wetland oasis, located 20 km from the Adriatic Sea in the karst terrain along the lower course of the Neretva River. It is primarily composed of marshlands that were created by the underground aquifer system of the Krupa River.
Hutovo Blato Nature Park is part of the Neretva Delta and one of the most valuable habitats for migratory birds and waterbirds in Europe. Accordingly it is protected as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Hutovo Blato Nature Park is a crucially important stop-over site especially for those birds using the Adriatic Flyway to migrate between their summer and their winter habitats.
Hutovo Blato marshlands provides a unique oasis amongst the harsh arid karst of Herzegovina.
Great Reed Warbler
Comprising swamps, lakes, wet meadows, and riverine forest, it provides favourable conditions for many wetland species.
Pygmy Cormorants and Squacco Herons often feed in channels between the reeds.
Flooded meadows - perfect habitat for waders.
Hutovo Blato Nature Park - protected on all sides by arid hills and mountains.
Flooded meadows in early spring - great habitat for migrating waders.
Great Reed Warbler habitat.
Neretva river by Hutovo Blato marshlands.
Eurasian Penduline Tit
Western Marsh Harrier
On the outskirts of Hutovo Blato marshlands Neretva river creates secluded pools - perfect habitat for herons.
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Hutovo Blato marshlands.
All three species of Marsh Terns (Black Tern, White-winged Tern and Whiskered Tern) are feeding on this lake during spring migration.
Flooded meadows in late spring.
Western Cattle Egret
Night Herons are often seen on migration along river Krupa.
Black-crowned Night Heron
We will take a 2 hours boat ride and explore places that are hard to access by foot.