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Birdwatching at Lake Atanasovsko near Burgas

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Due to its geographical location, Bulgaria has a unique set of flora and fauna species, which are as varied as its nature. If you are a nature lover and interested in observing bird species, then this digital trip is perfect for you. While you are on the seaside, you will probably be looking for ideas on how to spend your day in nature and learn something about the local flora and fauna. Birdwatching at Lake Atanasovsko near Burgas could be an excellent choice for you.

Where to find it?

This birdwatching place is located near the town of Burgas in eastern Bulgaria, about 400 km from Sofia, the capital city. It is accessible by bicycle as it is situated near the biking lane connecting it with the center of Burgas. You will also find a parking lot nearby, so it is practical to go there by car. 

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© iStockphoto.com/Didi_Lavchieva

A birdwatching hideaway

Near Lake Atanasovsko, you will find a hideaway, specially built for birdwatching, so visitors do not interfere with the natural flow of life in the area. The hideaway is located on the west side of the lake, and it is a part of the “Burgas Salt Pans” natural reserve. This building is designed to offer the most optimal way for observation. It is equipped with big windows, binoculars as well as all the information you need to know about the bird varieties. This whole experience is free of charge. 

Lake Atanasovsko, near Burgas
Lake Atanasovsko, near Burgas
Lake Atanasovsko, Bulgaria

About the birds

In Bulgaria, there are 423 known bird species, and near Lake Atanasovsko, you can see more than 75 percent of them. This number includes birds that migrate, spend the winter or nest in the area. Most of them are very significant in Europe as they are endangered for the territory of the country or for the world. Of course, due to the migration habits of the birds, the birdwatching experience varies in the different seasons. But this fact only increases the importance and value of the place. 

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© iStockphoto.com/Enskanto

Other animal species in the area

Apart from birds, this area is populated with mammals, such as rodents, fish and water species. Some of them are included in the list of endangered species throughout the country, and others are interesting because they are a part of an eco-system together with birds. On Lake Atanasovsko, you can find some of the smallest mammals on the planet, such as shrews, voles, squirrels, otters. If you are lucky enough, you may even see foxes, weasels, wild boards, jackals. 

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© iStockphoto.com/CreativeNature_nl
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© iStockphoto.com/Gerdzhikov

Spending time in nature is important because it reminds us that we are also a part of an eco-system. Each of our actions affects the environment around us. A day spent while birdwatching at Lake Atanasovsko near Burgas will not only provide you with knowledge, but it will also help you to understand the power of nature. So, do not miss the opportunity for such an experience! 


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Maria Belcheva

Maria Belcheva

My name is Maria, and I am a Bulgarian living in Vienna, Austria. I want to take you on a journey around all the amazing places and things worth visiting and experiencing in my homeland - Bulgaria.

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