Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre: Bird watching

The Pomorie Lake is located along the second largest migration route of birds in Europe – Via pontica. For this reason, many bird species occur here – 268 species. Some of them can see at the Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre, where there are potent binoculars that allow visitors for bird watching with optical zoom. Besides, an ornithological expert who is available, there will explain in detail about each species under observation.
Indeed, Pomorie Lake itself is a coastal lagoon with an area of ​​about eight square kilometres. In addition, a natural sand strip separates the lake from the sea, near the town of Pomorie. The depth of the lake is no more than 1.4 m, and the salinity is about 80%. For this reason, it is a habitat of rare plants and species got used to high levels of salinity.

Where is the “Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre” – map

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“Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre” lays on the shore of the lake. It is next to the Salt Museum and the football stadium of Pomorie. The project is of the Green Balkans NGO, implemented in partnership together with the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Pomorie Municipality.

Observation and photographing of rare and endangered birds at the Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre

Overall, the terrace of the centre is a convenient position for bird watching. Nearby there are Black-winged stilts, Pied avocets, cormorants, Common terns, Little and Great egrets and other species. During the different seasons, many more bird species come here.

In addition, in the building, periodic thematic discussions on wetland biodiversity, educational tours in the area, video lectures, seminars, nature conservation campaigns and more take place.

A look at the Pomorie Lake
A look at the Pomorie Lake
 The building of Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre
The building of Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre
Black-winged stilt  (Himantopus himantopus) that was photographed meters from the visitor building
Black-winged stilt  (Himantopus himantopus) that was photographed meters from the visitor building
Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) in flight
Pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) in flight

Pied avocet is looking for food
Pied avocet is looking for food. Usually, It submerges all its head and neck in the water, looking for invertebrates and small fish to eat
Common terns  (Sterna hirundo)
Common terns  (Sterna hirundo)
Little egret in flight
Little egret in flight
Cormorants staying at the stakes in front of the  Visitor Centre
Cormorants staying at the stakes in front of the  Visitor Centre

Preservation of the protected area

Pomorie Lake, together with its adjacent territories, including the sand strip, was declared a protected area under Bulgarian law, also a Ramsar site under the Ramsar Convention. It was listed in the Natura 2000 European Ecological Network. Therefore some rules should observe when visiting to protect natural resources.

To put it briefly – do not throw away waste, do not tear plants, do not disturb the birds, and let the place look like you’ve found it!

For more details, or if you intend to carry out particular activities other than a bird watching or simple tourist walk, the full text of the laws can read here:

  1. Pomorie Lake – current prohibitions and regimes ( the page of Bulgarian “Executive Environment Agency”)

Continue of the walk

An exciting route near the Visitor Center is the path on the sand strip of Pomorie Lake, where you will be able to observe rare species of coastal sand plants. In Pomorie, you can also visit the Thracian dome tomb at the beginning of the town.

In case you are planning a more extended stay in the area, it is a good idea to choose Pomorie as a city for staying. Overall, there are many hotels and lodgings and can offer many entertainments to diversify your Holliday at the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.

Nearby, in the town of Burgas, under similar conditions, but from special hiding places, there are also opportunities for bird watching at Nature Conservation Center in the Poda locality.

USEFUL: To get a quick and easy idea of ​​where these places are – see the destinations marked on our Google map. There all the landmarks we’ve written about, are marked as tags with links.

Also, to plan your trip to them, you can use the selection of assistive tools: Google Road Map with calculator in km, flights to Bulgaria, rental cars, weather forecast, hotel search, timetables of buses in the region.

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