Natura 2000 in Slovenia
The European Union declared 21 May European Natura 2000 Day. Natura 2000 is a European network of special protected areas. Slovenia is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity in Europe.
Slovenia has 355 Natura 2000 sites, of which 324 are designated under the Habitats Directive and 31 under the Birds Directive. Natura 2000 sites cover 37 % of Slovenia's territory. Only in the area of Lake Cerknica there is 276 bird species have been observed - one half of all European species.