We love Slovenian nature areas and we love it when we see how others enjoy the places which we love .
While we visit fantastic areas in Slovenia, we also see that nature is under pressure. Especially small streams and wet places (forests, meadows) are being drained one by one. Each time, an individual landowner gains a few square meters of usable land. At the same time, the local community loses some water reserves. This water may be much needed in times of drought. Each time, downstream communities face a further increase in the risk of flooding, because all rainwater flows downstream at once. And animal and plant species which cannot live anywhere else than in these small wet places disappear from our world.
Once, there was a wet forest here, then there was a wet meadow. It probably took just a few hours to straighten the tiny stream, and since then, the place is drained. Such drained meadows are a common sight, so common, that many would think that this is the normal and most desirable situation …
We have a vision that eventually, we can invest financial gains from ecotourism in the conservation of small and tiny wetlands. This can be done by buying some of the land parcels along streams and in wettest places. Alternatively, we can contract landowners to maintain them in their most natural state, which is, in our vision, the best for everyone.
Sure, we love to take interested people to such places, but we don’t think that there should be a “touristic infrastructure”. Any paths or hides are rather the opposite of the management goals which we see are best. Management of such places should compensate for human impacts and, in some cultural landscapes continue traditional use, rather than adapt places for some contemporary needs.
In order to fulfil our vision, it is necessary that we obtain the currency to invest in nature. And this is why our nature tours will never be the cheapest tours you can book. (But we will take you to some very nice places )
Once, this was how al tiny streams looked: flowing unregulated through wet forests. Such wet forest store rainwater, which is then available in times of drought. When it rains, they prevent that all water flows downstream at once and in this way they prevent catastrophic floodings.