Socially responsible business supported BSPB Conservation Centre Poda


The leading Bulgarian company for professional restaurant equipment - TOMEKO Ltd. donated the BSPB Conservation Centre Poda with complete equipment for its kitchen. The donation is of great importance, as it ensures hot food not only to the staff of the centre, but also to the internship students, which help the work of the centre and stay at Poda during periods of several months. Students from different universities in Europe have their practical courses at the Conservation centre and provide invaluable help. They work with the visitors and give them the lecture...

Active migration is going on over the Poda Protected Site


The situation around the BSPB Poda Conservation Centre is very dynamic. While some birds like the Mute Swans already lead their cygnets at the pools of the Protected Site, many other species are still on their way to the breeding grounds to the North. The passage of the Common Buzzards has almost ended, but the migration of the White and Black Storks, Booted, Short-toed and Lesser Spotted Eagles, harriers and hawks is still ongoing. Two of the globally endangered Greater Spotted Eagles were also seen over the BSPB Conservation Centre Poda. On the famous ‘Via...

Eurasian Spoonbills started their breeding season at Poda Protected Site


Recently we announced the arrival of the Eurasian Spoonbills at Poda Protected Site and they already produced even fresher news. On 14.03.2015 we observed the first Eurasian Spoonbill's pair to build its nest in the already established colony of Grey, Night and Purple Herons, Little Egrets and Pygmy Cormorants. Intensive work was going on - every one to three minutes a Spoonbill was arriving with nesting material, was staying at the nest for several minutes and was flying back for new material. The nesting material was collected from quite nearby, from about just 200...

Poda Centre celebrated the World Water Day 2015 with a voluntary action


The World Water Day 2015 (22 March) was celebrated with a two-day voluntary action on 21-22 March 2015. Thirteen people from Burgas, Varna, Sofia and the internship student from Germany Julia Kestler gave their contribution to the area around the Conservation Centre and Poda Protected Site to become even better for both birds and visitors. Trashy wooden remains of the breeding platforms, that were built before to support some of the birds as well as remains of last year's vegetation were turned into a special microhabitat for invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles....

Eurasian Spoonbills arrived at Poda Protected Site


This year the first Eurasian Spoonbill was observed at the Poda Protected Site on 23.03.2015. On the next day two adult birds (probably a pair) were recorded at the site. On 30.03.2015 the birds become three and started to keep themselves in the area of the breeding colony. Spoonbills were circling and landing near to the Grey Herons, which are already at their nests. Due to its small number and the threat of extinction from the fauna of Bulgaria, the Eurasian Spoonbill is included in the National Red Data Book. It breeds at just five places in the country, four of...

Poda Conservation Centre restored its internship practice


On 1st March 2015 Poda Centre welcomed its first internship student after years of interruption of this very important activity. Julia Kestler is from Germany studying in the Netherlands and will stay at Poda until the end of July. She studies Wildlife Management at the University of Applied Science Van Hall Larenstein in Leeuwarden. During her internship she will be part of the BSPB Poda team helping to meet visitors. Her knowledge of English, German, Dutch and French will allow her to present Poda to many people from different countries. Beside the everyday...