New record of the globally endangered Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) at BSPB Poda Protected Site


Poda Protected Site is well known as one of the most important refuges for the globally endangered bird species in Bulgaria, especially during the winter period. The daily presence of the Dalmatian Pelican and Common Pochard is something usual. The strong winter this year, however, added to them the White-headed Duck, Slavonian Grebe, Red-breasted Geese. Another globally endangered species was observed at Poda Protected Site on 30.01.2017 - the Long-tailed Duck ( Clangula hyemalis ). One female individual was keeping and feeding together with the Common Pochards and...

Japanese Television made a documentary for Poda Protected Site


The BSPB Nature Conservation Centre Poda is well known far from the borders of Bulgaria. Amongst our visitors have been people from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Brazil and other. At the end of 2016 the Nature Centre met a Japanese TV crew, organized by "Film Fixers Bulgaria", who made a reportage about the Centre, the Protected Site and its wildlife. It will be broadcasted in the "Sekai no hate made ITTEQ" of the Television Channel "Nippon TV" with the well known Hayako Imoto. About 1,8 to 2 million are the televiewers of this TV Channel and we are...

The renovated library of the BSPB Poda Conservation Centre awaits its visitors


Recently the renovation of the library of the BSPB Poda Conservation Centre was completed. Beside the renovated interior considerable amount of books was donated. Amongst them are the full set of the classic series ‘Fauna of Bulgaria' started 1950 by the Bulgarian Academy of Science, large part of the similar series ‘Flora of Bulgaria'. They will increase the possibilities of students, researchers and other interested people to carry out Internship and other scientific studies at the BSPB Centre and the Protected Site Poda. Of help to them will be also some...

The black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) became 282nd species, recorded at Poda Protected Site


The next new species was recorded at Poda Protected Site. On 31.10.2016 a black woodpecker ( Dryocopus martius ) arrived from South-East and almost reached the building of the Nature Conservation Centre. Obviously the bird did not find anything attractive there, as it turned and flew towards the forested slope on the other side of the canal near the protected site. Though obviously an occasional visitor, the black woodpecker became the 282nd species in the Poda bird list. Thanks to its unique location at the westernmost point of the Black Sea and to the incredible...

Data about tagged birds was provided to the Bulgarian Ringing Centre by the BSPB Poda Centre


Poda Nature Conservation Centre is well established as place, where one can get information about the birds and Nature, but also as a place where you can provide data about your findings. Most often people call us to inform about injured birds, but also to report about a ringed or tagged bird. We provide these data to our colleagues from the Bulgarian Ringing Centre of the Institute of biodiversity and ecosystem research with the Bulgarian Academy of Science. The Ringing Centre is the only official institution in Bulgaria, organizing, performing and coordinating ringing...

Unusual autumn at the BSPB Poda Protected Site


The autumn at the BSPB Poda Protected Site shows some interesting contrasts. Some birds, which normally should enjoy now the warm African climate, are still here. Three little egrets, two Eurasian spoonbills, single common terns were observed at the protected site even during the last days of October. Migration of the common buzzard, Eurasian sparrowhawk, Montagu's harrier and other raptors is still ongoing. Active is the passage of the chaffinch, siskin, chiffchaff, mistle thrushes and fieldfares, common skylarks, water pipits, and till the last days of October - of...