Natural Monument “Đatlo” Cave


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    434,200 m2


    Bileća and Municipality Town Halls


    Bileća and Gacko

    Protected since 2013


    Nature monument- III


    Đatlo Cave is an underground cavity with tunnels branching out on three levels. The tunnels are fossil remnants of a former watershed. It is located at Korito Plateau, 17 km away from Gacko. The total length of the cave tunnels is 1,970 meters. Đatlo has numerous pretty rimstone dams. Another interesting characteristic of the cave is the deposits that a dried out underground river has left, throughout the longest tunnel. There are numerous calcite straws and dogtooth spars.

    Current State

    Entrance to the cave belongs to Bileća municipality, while the major part of the cavern is located in Gacko municipality. The cave received protected status in 2013, but the municipalities have done no concrete steps to further protect it and promote it.


    Scientific research, agricultural production in individual households, raising native deciduous species along with the preservation of native vegetation, construction of new buildings or conducting work aimed to represent and conserve the protected natural heritage, road maintenance, keeping the existing road infrastructure and possibly paving only those roads that might lead to a planned parking lot that could connect the settlement and the current special purpose location in accordance with a planning ordinance or some other official document, street lighting in urban areas which can have exclusively landscape character, with the use of adequate lightning.


    Industrial extraction of mineral and non-mineral raw materials throughout the area unless these are strategic raw materials; primary processing and pre-concentration of raw materials depositing of primary gangue and secondary tailings, as well as communal, industrial and other rubbish or the leftover soil; the construction of industrial, hydrotechnical, infrastructural and other facilities which might degrade the quality of the soil, waters, air, plant and living species environment, and the landscape’s beauty, cultural heritage and its surroundings;  to change the area’s land use designation, except for changes specified in the Manager’s program documents, the construction of agricultural homesteads’ facilities outside existing construction plots, to collect fossil samples from geological profiles, destruction of forest complexes or divvying them up, ploughing of natural fields and pastures, planting, it is further prohibited to intentionally transplant or plant wild plants that are not native to the area’s wildlife, except in the case of erosion or landslide prevention; collecting, use and destruction of all types of wild plants and animal species.

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