Burgas is one of the few European cities surrounded by wetlands of international importance for birds. Atanasovsko Lake, Burgas Lake and Mandra Dam Lake provide suitable nesting sites for a number of rare European bird species.
One of the main migration routes, known as the Via Pontica, passes over Burgas and the birds using it add to the magnificent natural spectacle. More than 300 000 white storks and about 30 species of birds of prey may be observed during autumn migration.
Poda protected area is to the South of Burgas. It is one of the few places in Burgas where more than 259 bird species may be seen in a relatively small area of 100 ha.
The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds drew up a Management Plan for Poda PA, built up a centre where a large scale of environmental, educational and information activities are focused.
Since its completion the Centre at Poda has become a great attraction for many nature lovers from
Bulgaria and many other countries. Visitors may admire the reserve and see its birds from elevated
terraces and there are nature trails for those who wish to explore the area further.
Why not visit Poda yourself?