For the purpose of preserving the main values of the Park, this
year we will focus our activities to protection and preservation
of natural and cultural values, carrying out scientific and expert
researches, making a data base and introducing GIS system, maintaining
paths and signs, maintaining horticultural basis of the park,
organizing and removing waste, and education of employees.
Promotion will be carried out through opening an Info-center,
marking important dates connected to the Park and nature protection,
organizing events according to specific occasions, preparing
an educative program, publishing promotional materials and WEB
page, and through a survey we will find out what our visitors
Protection and preservation
of natural values
For the purpose of protecting certain species or groups of plants
and animals, this year we carried out an action for protection
of common toad (Bufo bufo), and other protected species
of amphibians. As a part of this action a leaflet was printed
(pdf format) as well as educative panel (pdf
format), which will be placed around the third lake during
the period of hatchering of toads. Students of »Faculty of
Science University of Zagreb«, »Society for protection and research
of amphibians and reptiles in Croatia – Hyla«, and pupils
of Elementary school »Dobriša Cesarić« participated
in the research of population of toads. A social game with educative
character was designed, which is primarily intended for kindergarten
and elementary school children.
RESEARCH ON THE INFLUENCE OF INTRODUCED SPECIES
Recently people more and more often let their pets free in the
nature, like Red-eared slider turtles. In that way the inadvertently
disturb sensitive natural balance by introducing foreign species
into habitat. «Host species» are then compelled to »fight« with
them for space and food, by which their number decreases. Research
will be carried out with the »Society for protection and
research of amphibians and reptiles in Croatia – Hyla«,
by monitoring the number of Red-eared slider turtles and their
influence on autochthon pond turtles.
EDUCATIVE TRAIL CONNECTED TO DETERMINATION OF TREE SPECIES
Park Maksimir is a place where visitors can see great diversity
of tree species on a small area, and this year we will design
and place an educational trail connected to determination
of different tree species that can be found in the Park,
as well as in other parts of Croatia. Beside the trail, which
will have an interactive character, we will print a brochure-guide.
PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL VALUES
Besides renovating Gatekeepers house as protected monument of
culture, an informative panel will be placed in
front of 7 protected objects – Mogila, Obelisk, Echo pavilion,
Gazebo, Swiss house, Gatekeepers house and St. Juraj's chapel.
Besides panels, we will print a brochure-guide with
more detailed information.
CARRYING OUT SCIENTIFIC
AND EXPERT RESEARCHES
For the purpose of preservation and valuing natural heritage
it is necessary to know all plant and animal species that live
here, and what are the possible causes of their vulnerability.
For this purpose we will carry out scientific and expert researches
of floral world, butterflies, and qualitative and quantitative
research of birds in Park Maksimir.
RESEARCH OF THE PLANT WORLD
In vegetation season 2006 (from March to September), on the
area of Park Maksimir, a research of grasslands flora, ground
layer flora in forest areas, and macrophyte flora of lakes will
be researched. As a part of these researches, relative number,
flowering period of certain species, as well as distribution
of rare and endangered species included in »Red book of Croatian
vascular flora« will be determined. Research will be carried
out by »Croatian Museum of Natural History« and » Faculty
of Science University of Zagreb «.
RESEARCH OF BUTTERFLIES
In the period from April to October, on the area of Park Maksimir,
a field research of butterflies will be conducted. As a part
of the research zero-state of the Park will be determined, and
existing literature will be gathered as well as collection from
Croatian Museum of Natural History. A special emphasis will be
placed on endangered and by law protected species in Croatia.
Research will be carried out by »Croatian Museum of Natural
RESEARCH OF BIRDS IN PARK MAKSIMIR
A research will be conducted with a goal of determining
qualitative and quantitative composition of nesting birds in
Park Maksimir, a proposal for monitoring and guidelines
for forest management. Expected results are a list of birds
in park Maksimir with possible qualitative changes that can
be seen from historical data, qualitative and quantitative
composition of nesting birds in forest, meadow and aquatic
habitats in Park Maksimir, assessment of total population of
all species of nesting birds in the Park, proposal for monitoring
(monitoring the number) of selected species or groups of birds,
and a proposal for forest management for the purpose of preservation
(an increase) of biodiversity of Park's ornithofauna.
Making a data base and
introduction of GIS system
Making of program support database connected to supervision,
monitoring of natural and cultural values and literature is in
progress. By introducing GIS all received field data will be
placed in recently published map of Park Maksimir in digital
Organizing and removing
During April and May 2006 we will conduct action for decorating
Park Maksimir. The action is organized by »City office for
health, work, social protection and defenders « by the name »Participation
of unemployed Croatian defenders and unemployed citizens of Zagreb
City, and other citizens of Zagreb City in public works in 2006«.
On the east side of the Park a waste disposal container will
For the purpose of giving information to visitors this year
we will start with renovation works on Gatekeepers house. As
a part of the Info-centre there will be an interpretation area,
offices of conservation service and gift-shop. Ongoing is a tender
for renovation of the object.
Marking important dates
connected to nature protection
In collaboration with » State institute for nature
protection « we will organize »European
Parks Day« and » International day
of protection of biodiversity «, on May 20 and
21, 2006. Public institutions for management of protected areas
in Republic Croatia (national parks and nature parks) will
present their work, and visitors will be able to get more information
on protected areas and the necessity of nature protection in
Republic Croatia. Visitors of Park Maksimir will also bi invited
to participate in some educative programs held by these Institutions.
On the night of August 26/27 visitors will have the opportunity
to participate in the celebration of »International Bat Night« which
will be organized with cooperation of international organization
EUROBATS and » Croatian Museum of Natural History «.
A lecture will be held about this animal group, and for all of
those that want more contact with the nature, a night listening
of bats with the help of special device called »bat detector« will
In 2006 Public institution will continue to organize popular
music concerts on the big stage in Park Maksimir, as well as
classical music concerts in Echo pavilion. Concerts will be held
on Sundays during months May, June, September and October. On
these WEB pages, as well through public printed and electronic
media visitors will be able to find out the exact times of concerts.
Tourist map of Park Maksimir is published which will help visitors
in their walks through the Park and they will be able to find
out more information about the Park.
We are making a promotional leaflet, which will be
published in several languages, and will be passed out in tourist
informative centers in Zagreb, at the airport, at the main railroad
station, etc., and we are planning on making a CD postcard
of park Maksimir with air photos.
New WEB pages of the Park have been made. Grade them yourself!
For the purpose of questioning public and visitors' opinion,
a survey will be made which you can fill out through this WEB
page. Thank you!