Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria

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The Srebarna Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in northeastern Bulgaria, near the village of the same name, 18 km west of Silistra and 2 km south of the Danube. It comprises Lake Srebarna and its surroundings and is located on the Via Pontica, a bird migration route between Europe and Africa.The reserve embraces 6 km2 of protected area and a buffer zone of 5.4 km2. The lake's depth varies from 1 to 3 m. There is a museum constructed, where a collection of stuffed species typical for the reserve is arranged.HistoryWhile Lake Srebarna was studied many times in the past by foreign biologists, the first Bulgarian scientist to take an interest in the area was Aleksi Petrov, who visited the reserve in 1911. In 1913, the whole of Southern Dobrudja was incorporated in Romania, but was returned to Bulgaria in 1940, when the area was visited once again by Petrov to examine the colonies of birds that nest there.The area was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1948 and is a Ramsar site since 1975. The reserve was recognized as World Natural Heritage Site under the 1972 Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.LegendsThere are several legends about the origin of the lake's name. The one is about a khan named Srebrist, who died in the neighbourhood whilst engaging in an unequal battle with the Pechenegs. A second one tells about a boat full of silver (srebro in Bulgarian) along the shores of the lake. According to a third one, which is regarded as most plausible, the name comes from the silvery reflections on the lake's surface during full moon.
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  • The museum and the infrastructure could be improved, but the natural reserve is just amazing. You may walk (or drive slowly, but walk is so much better) from one side of Srebarna to Danube, which is a...  more »
  • Beautiful place where nature takes over. Lots of walks and fantastic sights especially the pelicans. We stayed in a lovely guest house near by (Pelican Lodge?) and the guide was great and very informa...  more »
  • This time we didn't have as much time as we wanted to spend here. But in the 2 hours we drove and walked here, the only feeling we left with is that one that we should return for a day here in order t...  more »
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  • Visited the place in the spring and the nature was very beautiful and green, but there was not a lot of birds for observing, that's why I recommend modernizing and improving the interactive part of the museum for the seasons in which the birds are not much and active!
  • The place for nature lovers! Prepare some sandwiches and a pair of good shoes and you are ready! For bird life lovers - take a binocular.
  • Maybe one of the greatest places to relax and enjoy nature in northern Bulgaria. It's included in UNESCO and Ramsar Wetlands Convention. Has a great museum with telescopes and binocularus to see the Pelicans, very rare species, in the museum there are also preprated animals, which live in the reserve.
  • Amazing nature! Great place for bird watching
  • Must be visited during different seasons. There are different species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. I recommend a visit!
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