Good Reasons to Visit Bulgaria
Mention Bulgaria and most birders think of the wetlands of the Black Sea coast. This is because there are some species here, like Paddyfield Warbler, Pied Wheatear and winter flocks of Red-breasted Geese, which are very difficult elsewhere in Europe (neighbouring Romania excepted). Lakes Sabla and Durankulak and the larger lagoons and bays which dot the coast to the south like Burgas and Mandra are now famed birding destinations. The Poda wetland just south of Burgas is a fine reserve managed by the BSPB. Many birders have worked these coastal wetlands from holiday resorts such as "Sunny Beach", "Golden Sands" and Albena. See
BIRDING IN EASTERN EUROPE
But most of Bulgaria is mountainous and indeed the capital Sofia lies close to fine forested ranges like Rila and the west of the Stara Planina. Sofia Airport is connected to all major European airports and onward flights reach the Black Sea at Varna and Burgas. Some charters and "budget" airlines also fly directly to these seaside reorts.
Particularly good sites away from the coast include Orsoya Fishponds by the Danube in the NW, Kresna Gorge in the SE and the Rhodope Mountains in the south bordering Turkey and Greece. The east of this range is a fine raptor area with amongst others Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture and Levant Sparrowhawk, the west has Trigrad Gorge and its breeding Wallcreepers. South of Sofia the Rila range has Alpine species like Wallcreeper, Alpine Chough and Shore Lark. Indeed, Bulgaria has one of the richest and most diverse avifaunas in Europe and is worth a visit at almost any time of year.
TOURS IN ALL FOUR SEASONS TO BULGARIA
Join us for an outstanding birding experience in Bulgaria! Our tours include Winter for
Red-breasted Goose which see us in the very north-east of the country by the Black Sea
and the adjacent lakes of Durankulak & Sabla. Our Uplands & Forests tour takes in the
best of Bulgaria's mountains in spring: the Central Balkan Range, the Rhodopes and the
Rila National Park. Here we trek in search of 10 species of woodpecker, large raptors
such as Eastern Imperial Eagle and Griffon & Black Vutures and visit the Trigrad Gorge
for Wallcreeper. In September our Autumn Migration Tour sees us work the Black Sea
Coast, the Dyulinski Pass and other migration-watching spots to witness masses of White
Pelicans, White Storks, Lesser Spotted Eagles and more heading south. Please email any
enquiries, comments or suggestions to Probirder.