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Some 20 kilometers east (by the main road Maribor - Lenart) of Maribor there's rather shallow and quiet lake Komarnik. Name comes from the word 'komar' which is mosquito in English (and komarnik would be then something like 'collection of mosquitos') and therefore we can find plenty of these blood sucking insects here, but also those much nicer animals and rare plants such as white water lily.
Actually this lake is so important for birds, rare insects and leech that it has been declared protected area and included into Natura 2000 network. Here birds are safe, therefore! No hunting and fishing is allowed which makes it peaceful enviromnent for them with plenty of food and safe for laying eggs in reeds, bushes and trees.
Among other significant fauna there're rare medicinal leech, European otter, 35 kinds of dragon flies, amphibians and rare invertebrates. Even without strong knowledge from biology field you can have very nice time here watching birds and hiking. Good thing about hiking here in winter is there're no mosquitos (so, make sure you use good repellent in summer). Bring good boots if you want to visit after rain because it can get muddy.
The lake was first mentioned in 16th century when it was used for growing fish for lords of nearby Hrastovec castle which is going through renovation process these days. It is now one of these acumulation lakes which had undergone large regulation works in past but has been successfully reclaimed by nature.
You can see some birds all year round but migratory will join in spring.
If you come by your own car take Lenart direction and pass Hrastovec by the main road and near Komarnik you can park it by deserted 'hotel Crni les' which has large parking place. If you come by public bus from Maribor, ask driver to stop you at Komarnik bus stop and then walk through field to lake direction. It's not really so often visited like you'd think of place of huge importance - there's no fortified path - but you will know where to go because there are reeds and trees by the shores (and, yes - birds in the air around!).
You could as well take a look around Hrastovec castle which is 1 km from the lake, a significant and impressive building, but I am not sure if they open to public since it is also care home - see the web site: Hrastovec
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