of visitors from:
Slovenia and other
countries of Europe (Germany, UK, Sweden, Hungary
It is a special
Natura 2000 site under the Habitats Directive (pSCI).
Wetland, Periodic Lake, Caves... It is a semi karstic area.
The Radensko polje is the smallest of the nine most pronounced karst
poljes (flat, steep-walled depressions with no outflowing streams) in
Slovenia. It lies in the middle of the Lower Carniola karst region,
3 kilometres southeast of Grosuplje and 30 kilometres southeast of Ljubljana,
the capital city of Slovenia. This area, only a few kilometres wide,
includes all the typical karst phenomena, such as karst springs, caves,
sinkholes, estavelles, and dry karst caves. Estavelles – funnel-shaped
hollows with a hole at the bottom – function as vent-holes in
rainy periods and as sinkholes when it is dry. The estavelles freeze
over during the winter. When the water recedes underground, only broken
ice remains in the hollows.
The flora of the Radensko Polje is very rich and varied. The most significant
habitat is the wet grassland, which ensures the survival of many endangered
plants such as the bog orchid (Orchis palustris) and marsh gentian
(Gentiana pneumonanthe). Marshes, groves, and water both above
and below ground are home to many endangered animal species, especially
insects and amphibians, including the olm. Larger animals such as bears,
wolves, and lynx are timid and avoid people, whereas white storks make
their nests in villages.