European Stork Village 1994 - Čigoć (Croatia)
Čigoć on the river Sava was the first village in Europe to be awarded the title of European Stork Village. With around 124 inhabitants, the village belongs to the parish of Sisak and is situated in the 50,600 hectare Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. These large areas of pasture grazed by old breeds of farm animals adapted to the landscape, such as the Posavina horse, Turopolje pig and Slavonian-syrmian grey-cattle, are a unique piece of natural and cultural heritage.
Nests on: wooden houses
Stork festival: 19 March (St. Joseph's Day) for the arrival of the storks and in late June.
Support measures: preservation of old breeds of farm animals, information centre
Further details: most successful breeding in Europe in 1988 with an average of 4.3 young per pair, Turistička družba Čigoć (www.cigoc.hr), the tourist
information association, supports stork protection.
Partners: Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, Nature Conservation Agency