ljubljansko barje

The Vrhnika trail

Along the educative trail that leads us past natural treasures of Ljubljansko barje in the area of Vrhnika, we can have a look at three different although mutually connected phenomena. They still give us an insight into various geological and natural processes that took place millennia ago and unveil the mysteries concerning the origin of the area known today as Ljubljansko barje.

At Kuclerjev kamnolom (Kucler quarry) above the village of Lesno brdo, the visitors will realize that years cause wrinkling of not only people's faces but rocks as well. This quarry is known particularly for its exceptionally well preserved fossil shells found between the black limestone, which is the reason why the >black marble< has been for many years much sought-after and a precious material for several architectural pearls in Ljubljana.

At Jurčevo šotišče (Jurč peat bog) in the basin between the villages of Bevke and Drenov grič, we can follow the process of the origin of peat or, to be more precise, the process of fen turning into raised bog. Jurčevo šotišče is one of the rare areas at Ljubljansko barje, where remains of a raised bog can still be found, as well as vegetation typical of it, considering that the rest of the peat was cut down during the years of intensive exploitation of peat used as fuel. It is still happening, unfortunately, that many >gardeners< plant their flowers in illegally dug out peat from the rare Barje peat bogs.

At Mali Plac (also known as Mali Blatc) near Kostanjevica, we can still get, with a touch of imagination, an insight into how the Barje looked in the distant past, when the processes of the origin of peat only just began and when the Barje was still a lake. In this remote valley, the water level has indeed been raised artificially, so that we can witness an intensive growth of various marsh plants, Bulrush, sedges, Yellow Flag and, in places, peat mosses and even Sundew.