Lake Vrana Nature Reserve

Vrana  >  Croatia

Beautiful lake, where 256 bird species have been seen. There is also a bird ringing station.

Added* by Arie Buurman
Most recent update 27 January 2023


Vransko Jezero National Nature Park is famous for its birds. Lake Vrana reserve is on the list of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) in Europe. It is the largest natural lake in Croatia and the best wetland in this part of the country for birds and birders. A great variety of birds have been recorded here – 256 species at the last count. Some are migratory, others, such as Purple Heron and Pygmy Cormorant, actually nest here, along with 100 other species of birds. It is a nice lake for birding, with a lot of birds. Other birds you can see here are Black-headed Bunting, Collared Pratincole, Common Kingfisher, Little Egret, Great Egret, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Bittern, Great Cormorant. The lake is at its best in spring (April & May) and in autumn (September & October).



Getting down to the lakeside is not always easy: the best spot is usually by the ringing station at the northern end. Look for an observation tower which is visible from the road which runs inland from Pakostane. A few paths run down to the lake from the coast road, and there is a marked bike-route, too. The easiest option: The Info Center Crkvine which is located in the special ornithological reserve at the entrance to the wooden educational trail "Birds of the Vrana Lake" (See the map).

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season


Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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