Griffon vulture as a tourist product?

first_imgA feeding ground for griffon vultures with an observatory was built in the Učka Nature Park, and in this way an organized and sustainable system for feeding vultures was established, and the tourist offer of the Učka Nature Park was improved.Griffon vultures are an endangered species in Croatia, and the estimated number of the total nesting population today is between 100 and 110 pairs. One of the biggest reasons for the endangerment of vultures is caused by the abandonment of traditional agriculture as an activity, ie the decline of extensive livestock, which drastically reduced the amount of available food and the area and quality of suitable habitats. For this reason, as part of the PARCS project, a feeding ground for griffon vultures with an observatory was built in the Učka Nature Park, because vultures need a reliable food source, especially during nesting and in the first year of life.The primary goal of the feeder is to return vultures to the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park, and one of the most important preconditions for the return of the vulture population to the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park is to ensure regular food availability. The lack of food is compensated by the Kvarner population of griffon vultures by daily migrations to feeding grounds in the Italian Alps, with part of the vultures nesting on the island of Cres crossing the Učka ridge. On the built feeding ground in the Učka Nature Park, it is planned to deliver material of animal origin intended for feeding vultures throughout the year, and additionally intensified during the nesting and raising of young birds. In this way, the aim is to encourage the re-nesting of this species on the rocks of the Učka Nature Park.Improving the tourist offer of the Učka Nature ParkWith this project, Učka Nature Park also wants to develop green and sustainable forms of tourism and improve the tourist offer that would attract visitors interested in learning about the natural and cultural values ​​of the area, but with minimal negative impact on the environment and biodiversity. “Thanks to the newly built feeding ground, we have created the preconditions for a new tourist offer in the Učka Nature Park, which is based on bird watching. In this way, we will attract visitors interested in the natural values ​​of the Park, and the investment will certainly contribute to better financial self-sustainability of the Učka Nature Park.”, Said Egon Vasilić, director of the Public Institution Nature Park Učka.Bird watching from a relatively short distanceHabitat of griffon vultures are open large areas where there are high and inaccessible cliffs suitable for nesting. In order to enable visitors to the Učka Nature Park to see vultures, an observatory was built from which it will be possible to observe and photograph birds from a relatively short distance. The observation deck consists of a bird watching room and an entrance multifunctional space. The outer wall of the observatory is camouflaged using reinforcement profiles placed in front of the façade and above the roof into which the branches of the surrounding tree species are inserted. In this way, the mimicry of the building in the surroundings is ensured, with an interesting combination of technical and organic facades. As part of the development of the bird watching service for the Učka Nature Park, a van was purchased to transport visitors to the observation post.So close yet so far”A quality and authentic product that we lack Given the fragmentation of the relief, geological background, different microclimatic and other conditions, it is possible to distinguish a large number of mosaically distributed habitat types with different bird communities, zoned primarily in relation to plant communities. So far, 167 species of birds have been recorded for the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park and the narrower contact area, and with griffon vultures as a special attraction, there is certainly no lack of motivation to come.Also, across from Učka, on the island of Cres, there are two ornithological reserves (“Podokladi” in the middle and “Kruna” in the northern part of the island) where about 70 nesting pairs live. The island’s population living on Cres is unique because here vultures nest on vertical cliffs just above the sea – sometimes less than 10 meters above sea level.In case you didn’t know, in the UK alone, as much as € 500 million is spent annually on birdwatching, and interestingly, as many as 60 million Americans watch birds. The potential of birdwathing tourism is also shown by the fact that Murizt, a national park in Germany, generates the majority of its income from birdwatchers, through 600 visits per year, which brings the region 13 million euros and 628 permanent jobs. By the way, it is the market of Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Sweden that are the leaders in birdwatchnig tourism in Europe.As part of the tourist offer of the park, along with educational trails and walks as tourist niches, we have hiking, mountain biking with eight marked trails, free climbing, free flying, as well as bicycle rental. With the purity of nature, forest, mountains, crystal clear skies, incredible proximity to cities which is a rarity, views of Kvarner and islands, diversity of fauna and flora and with indigenous food PP Učka certainly belongs to a unique authentic experience and excellent tourist product. At least as a one-day experience and an experience to remember. In the morning, tourists bathe in the sea, and in the afternoon with children in the woods and on the mountains. Can a better experience than that?View towards Rijeka and Opatija and towards the Kvarner islands / Fb: PP UčkaIt’s just one of thousands of our authentic stories. Tourists are here with us, in our “sales salon” and we just have to pack them nicely and tell them the story of the Nature Park that is located just above them. If nothing else, staying in nature, in the fresh air and a breathtaking view, ie a view that sells (a view of Kvarner and the islands), as well as our indigenous gastronomy, it is this experience that is talked about and remembered.We have a relatively untouched nature, so ask yourself when you and your children were in nature, a real forest? See a real cow, not a purple one, a chicken or a goat? He heard her breathing and her voice. Ask your guests the same question as if they ever slept in the woods or mountains? Yes, ask them when they were in the woods with their family?It is quality content that our tourism and our tourist offer lack. We have everything, thousands of authentic stories, but unfortunately “no one” knows about them. It’s all up to us, and while we’ll continue to just sell sun and sea, we won’t get far.We have everything, what more do we need? Related news: GREAT NEW COOPERATION! DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM IN LICAlast_img