Zvanichevo Fishponds

Pazardzhik  >  Bulgaria

Complex of extensive used fishponds and small basins located on the two sides of the Maritsa River.

Added* by Yordan Vasilev
Most recent update 17 September 2022


Zvanichevo Fishponds are located between the rivers of Maritsa and Topolnitsa. The area includes also the wet meadows and farmlands between the Maritsa and the Topolnitsa, the two riverbeds and the place where the Topolnitsa River joins the Maritsa River. The different basins of the fishponds are for a large part overgrown with water vegetation. The Maritsa River banks have riverine forest of willow, poplar and alder. More than 230 bird species are registered in the area. Many different bird species breed in the area or make a stop during migration. Ferruginous Duck breeds in considerable numbers. Breeding species are also Little Grebe , Great Crested Grebe , Black-crowned Night Heron , Little Bittern , Purple Heron , Cetti's Warbler , Savi's Warbler and etc. Pygmy Cormorant regularly use the area as feeding ground during the winter. Other birds you can encounter are European Roller, Garganey, European Bee-eater, Red-backed Shrike, Green Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Marsh Harrier, Hoopoe, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole and Great Reed Warbler.



The Zvanichevo Fishponds are located 4 km to the west of the town of Pazardzhik. The ponds are located on two sides of the Maritsa River. Good area to explore are the ponds close to the village of Zvanichevo. From the north side of the village you can explore the area on foot or by bike.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , Grassland , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Unpaved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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