The area to the south of Karnobat is a mosaic of habitats, providing good conditions for variety of interesting birds. Open stony pastures are inhabited by European ground squirrel, which attracts Imperial Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle, sometimes Saker Falcon and and Steppe Eagle. The holes of the rodents are used for nesting by Isabelline Wheatear. Several stone quarries are breeding places for Eagle Owl, Black-eared Wheatear and Northern Wheatear, and in some years - by numerous colonies of Rosy Starling. At some of the small pools in the area Ruddy Shelduck can be observed.
You can come to the area from the side of the A1 motorway and take the Road 795 to the North, but also following Road 6 and driving South from the town of Karnobat. There are many suitable places to park near the road and to explore the area on foot.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Wetland, Plain, Steppe, Agriculture, Grassland, Plateau, City/village
ConditionsHilly, Dry, Rocky, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer, Autumn
Best time to visitAutumn, Summer
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
You can obtain more information and birding advices from the BSPB Centre Poda (see birding place Poda Reserve), which is open all year round.
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