THE MASTERS OF THE SKIES
So far, 291 bird species have been established at the Sečovlje salt-pans. And why can we find so many different birds here? The salt-pans constitute a large water body, which the birds use as their roosting site or wintering grounds.
For at least two bird species this is their only nest-site in Slovenia, but there are also several local breeders, which are otherwise known to nest only at a couple of other sites within the country.
The Sečovlje salt-pans play, however, even more important role in the wintering and migration of birds. As they are situated on the Mediterranean coast with its characteristic sub-Mediterranean climate and mild winters, they are highly inviting for numerous winter residents from northerly regions and at the same time constitute the natural habitat, which is truly unique at the national level. The overwintering and migrating bird species are here most numerous as far as the Slovene coast and Slovenia in general are concerned.