Within the Municipality of Zagorje ob Savi there are a number of important natural and cultural sites. Among them are the seven important protected Natura 2000 sites included in the PRONACUL project. In addition to the importance to the pilot area in Municipality Zagorje ob Savi is Zagorje ob Savi Mining Museum, which represents one of the most important monuments of the mining heritage of the region.
Natura 2000 is a network of specially protected areas, the purpose of which is to preserve and protect biodiversity, to protect the natural habitats of endangered species of fauna and flora, which are important not only for Slovenia, but for the European Union as a whole.
1. Natura site – part of the Trojan area
Part of the Trojan area falls under the network of specially protected areas due to the presence of a number of important habitat species such as the Common Bittern (Austropotamobius torrentium), Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) and Marsh Warbler (Carabus variolosus).
2. Natura site – part of the Posavje Hills, Ostenja
The central part of the Posavje Hills along the Sava River, with its extensive carbonate rock slopes and cliffs and beech forests, is a habitat for birds of prey and other endangered fauna and flora. The belt of rocky cliffs above the narrowest part of the Sava valley and the lower reaches of the Savinja is of outstanding ornithological importance. The overhanging rock cliffs provide shelter for endangered birds of prey, the golden eagle and the peregrine falcon.
3. Natura site – Čemšeniška planina
The Čemšeniška planina (Čemšeniška planina), which stretches north of Trbovlje, with its dry meadows and richly structured forest edges, provides habitat for many butterflies, including the grass butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia) and the striped bear (Callimorpha quadripunctaria).
4. Natura site – Reber Pinewoods Natura Site
This area contains a European important forest habitat type, the Dinaric red pine forests, which are located on a dolomitic substrate (Genisto januensis-Pinetum).
5. Natura site – Medija – pine forests
A wooded hill north of Zagorje ob Savi near the Ljubljana-Maribor motorway has also been recognised as an important habitat type by the European Directive. It is covered with Dinaric red pine forests on a dolomitic substrate (Genisto januensis-Pinetum) and carbonate rocky slopes with vegetation of rock crevices.
6. Natura site – Kotredež
The Kotredež area is home to the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros).
The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is a species of bat which, like all horseshoe bats, has a distinctive horseshoe-shaped skin fold between the nostrils. This is the origin of its name.
7. Natura site – Kandrše – Drtijščica
The area of traditional cultural landscape lies at an altitude of between 400 and 700 m, dominated by meadows and arable land, with Illyrian beech forests, especially in the north. A large part of the area falls within the Municipality of Zagorje, with only part of it falling within the Municipality of Litija. It is a suitable habitat for the striped bear butterfly and the lesser horseshoe bat. In the south, the area is bounded by the Drtijščica River, which is home to the common pipistrelle and its tributary, the Velika voda River, to the pipistrelle.
8. Zagorje ob Savi Mining Museum
In 1995, the engine room of the shaft of the Loke mine near Kisovec was converted into a small mining museum, and 20 years later the museum has been given the look it deserves. Photographic and documentary material and various tools and gadgets show the history of mining and individual excerpts from the miners’ work. The story of mining in the municipality of Zagorje ob Savi is more than 250 years long and full of interesting facts and memories carried by retired miners and their families. The Zagorje Mining Museum offers you a piece of the fascinating history of the times that Zagorje has lived through and put it on the map of Europe as a mining centre.