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karte.jpgBurgas 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?

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The autumn migration at Poda Protected Area is accelerating

The autumn migration at Poda Protected Area is accelerating

Although the summer is in its best time and there are still juvenile birds at nests, the first migrants already appeared at the BSPB managed Protected Area Poda. Black-headed Gulls arrived from north yet in the mid-June, at the beginning by 2-3 birds, gradually increasing up to many hundreds at the moment. Around the beginning of the third decade of June Golden Oriole, Common Nightingale and European Bee-eater started flying over Poda, and their calls resound the area around the BSPB Conservation Centre Poda all days after that. Around the same time the first for this migration season Eurasian Curlew was recorded. Two birds of the same species were seen during the next day, and a flock...