Mandra Dam

Burgas Region  >  Bulgaria

The dam overflow of Mandra Reservoir, which attracts high number of birds from the wetlands around and holds some interesting breeding species.

Added* by Petar Iankov
Most recent update 13 April 2020
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The southern part of the dam of Mandra Reservoir near Burgas City, where the water from the reservoir flows into the brakish part of the wetland complex is very interesting for bird watching. The abundance of fish and other sources of food attract big numbers of birds of many species all year round. Birds are adapted to some extent to the human presence, which allows good views of some usually shy species. Dalmatian Pelican and Great White Pelican, Glossy Ibis, several species of herons and egrets, including Cattle Egret can be observed. In some years Collared Pratincole breed in the fields around and can provide very good view.



From the side of Burgas City you can take the road to Tvarditsa through Meden Rudnik Estate. Enough parking space exists in the area.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Lake , Agriculture , Scattered trees and bushes , Reedbeds , City/village


Flat , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Summer , Autumn migration , Spring migration , Winter


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

You can turn to the nearby situated Poda Centre (see Poda Reserve birding site) for actual information and details about how to make your birding most successful.

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