Šobec is located near the settlement Lesce and lies just below Lesce hippodrome. Different habitats, interesting for birds, intertwine here. Šobec itself is known as a camping site and is an ideal summer holiday destination for many tourists, who cool off in the shades of pine trees or enjoy water recreation activities in the nearby man-made pond.
Access and trail description
We can reach Šobec with either bus or train. We get off the main bus or train station in Lesce and continue our way on foot towards Šobec. When passing Lesce hippodrome we turn right at the crossroad and follow the signs to the camp site. The walk around the pond, along the Sava River and the surroundings takes three to four hours.
The Šobec pond is known among the ornithologists for the mandarin duck that regularly appears there from the middle of October until the beginning of March. Mallard can be seen here throughout the year and is occasionally joined by the mute swan and little grebe. The wigeon annually makes a stop at the pond during its migration in September. The northern shoveler and Eurasian teal can be observed here in time of migration as well. The other interesting water surface in the area is Sava Dolinka with its meanders along the pine forest. The white-throated dipper and grey wagtail can be observed here throughout the year, along with the white wagtail that appears in spring and summer. The riverside is also the place where we can meet the threatened kingfisher. Forest bird enthusiasts will get their treat by visiting the nearby pine forest. From the passerines we can admire the common blackbird, mistle thrush, fieldfare, black redstart, various tit species, red crossbill, Eurasian bullfinch, European goldfinch, short-toed treecreeper, goldcrest, nuthatch and from the Piciformes the great spotted woodpecker. The grey-headed woodpecker can be spotted in the meadows of the river bank on the other side. The area is also well known for black stork observations.
Other plants and animals
Many different amphibians and dragonflies can be found at the pond, as well as the endangered diving beetle and the grass snake. The pond is also the site of the carnivorous butterwort and the marsh helleborine. Numerous squirrels will cheer you up with their presence in the camping area.