The area of Nin and its surroundings is a unique landscape of rare plant and animal species with 8 NATURAL 2000 habitats,5 endemic, 4 critically endangered,1 endangered and 5 sensitive plants. This area is of exceptional value to the present day generations as well as those future generations for which it has to be preserved.
The existence of NATURA 2000 habitats is due not only to the uniqueness and features of this area but also to the sustainable development and the awareness of the local people of the importance of nature and the interdependence of biological diversity and tourism.
The wetland habitat – the salt works are also counted in their artificial shape – are important for the survival of endangered and rare species, especially birds. Over 200 species live here.
Of the varieties of wetland birds the most well known are: Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Little Egret and the Kingfisher.
The salt work park is the habitat of a varied plant and animal world. For example, the south –European toothcarp, a fish 6-7 centimetres in length can live in very salty water, the sea and freshwater. The small shrimp Artemia salina (a species of brine shrimp) can adapt excellently to life in very salty water, but can also survive drought too. Interestingly, its eggs have a membrane which protects them from drying out, so that even after 10 years on dry land, as soon as they come into contact with water, the little shrimps hatch.
For bird lovers and birdwatchers, but also for those who love nature, this unique swamp habitat is an entrance to a completely new and special world which will surprise them with its specific features and leave them spellbound by its particular beauty.