IDRIJA UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK
Nature in the Idrija region is a reflection of the contact between the Dinaric and the pre-Alpine worlds. Extensive forests, flowering meadows, clean rivers, and even the inhospitable rocks offer a home to numerous animals and plants. The diversity of the area has always attracted nature explorers.
The most numerous game animal in the geopark is the roe deer; it is most comfortable in area with a large percentage of forest edges. Also increasing is the percentage of red deer; during the day, it stays in the forests, but at nights, it comes to meadows and agricultural areas. Chamois can be seen in lower areas as well as in high, steep, and rocky slopes. Due to favourable conditions, the presence of wild hog is on the rise even though it is largely still transitional. The population of hares is in slight decrease due to a decrease in agricultural and grassland areas. The prevalent member of the dog family is the fox. Although it has the reputation of a thief, it is of extreme importance in the forest as it maintains the levels of rodents and removes the sick and dead animals. The vast areas of tranquil and naturally preserved forests and bearer- and fruit trees on abandoned agricultural areas enable favourable conditions for the bear that is regularly present in the geopark. Increasingly present is also the wolf that likes to stay in the tranquil parts of the forests. Wolves usually live in packs up to 7 animals that inhabit an area of up to 1000 km2.