Closing ceremony for the „Miraculous Forest Žutica“ project
On Wednesday, 31 August 2016, the closing ceremony and photo exhibition for the „Miraculous Forest Žutica" project was held in the Elementary School Stjepan Basariček, in Ivanić-Grad. The ceremony started with opening speeches from Zagreb County representative Mr Ante Mandarić, photographer Mr Zoran Ožetski, the Elementary School's principal Mrs Vlatka Koletić and Public Institution of Zagreb County director Mrs Martina Glasnović. Mrs Maja Vrančić, Public Institution of Zagreb County, presented the scope of this project and its main results with reference to all parties who participated in this project while Mrs Senka Baškiera, employee of Association Hyla, presented the main results of the Association's research project on amphibians and reptiles of Žutica forest. Pupils of Stjepan Basariček Elementary School prepared a short play and concert.
The „Miraculous Forest Žutica" project started in November 2015 and finished in August 2016 with the formal opening of the photo exhibition by Mrs Irina Zupan, assistant Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection, on this closing ceremony. This project was co-financed by the German foundation EuroNatur, with biodiversity protection and raising of public awareness about both species and landscape diversity of this area as the main aims.
During our research of amphibians and reptiles of Žutica forest, we found nine amphibian and six reptile species. Three of these are listed in Annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive: the fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina), Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus) and European pond terrapin (Emys orbicularis). Moreover, an additional five strictly protected species were discovered: the common tree frog (Hyla arborea), agile frog (Rana dalmatina), moor frog (Rana arvalis), sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) and smooth snake (Coronella austriaca).