Podgorica – Ornithologist Darko Saveljic called the members of the Mountain skiing association “Hrid” to give up the idea of the announced reaping of the shrubbert in the coastal zone of the Plav Lake.
The reaping around the lake, in Saveljic’s opinion, not only would it violate the landscape of the lake, but it would also ruin its “biological heart” – the cane, in which many species build their nest and reside. He points out that the vegetation in the coastal area of the lake is a natural filter of all the dirt and it should be thanked to that vegetation for the clean water of that jewel of nature.
– I appreciate the devotion and surely the good intentions of the MSA “Hrid” which made a decision to start the action of the cleaning of the coastal area of Plav Lake, which is overgrown with shrubbery, reeds and cane, in order to stop the lake to turn into a marsh. I am convinced that the mountain climbers are the most significant protectors of the nature, but some activities in the nature, however, even beside the good intentions, can be counter productive, because of the lack of knowledge and uninformed people. The reaping of the shrubbery and crane will not solve the problem of Plav Lake turning into a marsh, because a much greater danger comes from the great alluvium of sand and mud which are brought by the tributaries. It is known that all the lakes have their evolution and normally a natural death. Some die faster, some die slower, but the future of every lake is to turn into a marsh – states Saveljic in his reaction. Considering the fact that the lake is of pouring type, considers Saveljic, the danger of its fast turning into a marsh is significantly smaller then, let’s say, then the Visitor Lake which is turning into a marsh.
He points out that the reaping of the crane in Plav Lake, which is a potentially the area of international significance for the residing of birds, should not be allowed, because in that case the lake will not enter the family of 4.500 similar domiciles in Europe.
In Croatia recently the crane in Vransko Lake, one of the most significant domiciles of birds in that state, burned out. After that numerous kinds stopped building their nests on the lake. It should not be allowed that the same thing occurs with the Plav Lake, which, I hope, will together with the floodable meadows, will be in the borders of the future National Park, because on them reside the kinds of special interest for protection, as well as the greatest nest of the corncrake – one of the most endangered birds in Europe- says Saveljic.
For already seven years he has been researching birds on Plav Lake and he thinks that the crane and the floodable meadows are the most significant natural domicile of the birds, amphibians, and insects.