Wildlife of Croatia
The Guardian Croatia is the naturalists’ latest darling, and this new group tour, run with the charity Butterfly Conservation, reveals why. Staying in comfortable hotels, see exquisite creatures around the turquoise lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice, the limestone gorges of Paklenica, and the seldom-visited Velebit Mountains, with dramatic coastal scenery en route. The names flutter off the tongue: cleopatra, little tiger blue, southern festoon and the great sooty satyr.
The Guardian Escape to the sensual Adriatic island of Cres to save endangered birds of prey and preserve a vulnerable forest. It’s a serene, sunny place with dense woodland sheltering golden eagles, wolves and bears. Griffon vultures are among the species struggling to survive. When conservationist Dr Goran Susic set up his rescue centre here 15 years ago, there were only 25 pairs on the island – now there are nearly 100. Volunteers feed baby vultures, check nests to make sure no babies have fallen into the sea, and tend to more demanding, older ones. In your downtime you can explore the surrounding ruins and monasteries, walk nature trails with dizzying sea views, and watch dolphins