Nature

Nature

Natural characteristics:
Lowlands – Sava, Krapina, Lonja and Odra Rivers; Lowlands of the marsh areas – fish ponds Vukšinac, Pisarovina and the largest and most famous Crna mlaka (www.crna-mlaka.t-com.hr); a special ornithological reserve included on the list of Ramsar sites. Foothills – the slopes of Mt. Medvednica, Žumberačko and Samoborsko gorje, remote foothills of Vukomeričke gorice (255 m) and Marijagoričko foothills (312 m). Mountains - Medvednica (Sljeme 1033 m), Žumberačka gora (Sveta Gera 1178 m) and Samoborsko gorje (highest point is Japetić 879 m and the distinct Plešivica 778 m).

Protected nature:
Medvednica Nature Park (protected since 1981, www.pp-medvednica.hr) and Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje Nature Park (protected since 1999, www.pp-zumberak-samoborsko-gorje.hr). The area of Turopoljski lug, with a surface of 3348 hectares, was proclaimed a protected area on 12 May 2003 due to its diverse plant and animal species, as well as large oak forests. It is important to point out that there are special botanical, ornithological, zoological reserves and forest vegetation reserves in the county, as well as areas with special protected landscapes. There are also seven monuments of park architecture, mainly the grounds of castles and curia, as well as several well known forest parks.