Palud Nature Reserve

Rovinj  >  Croatia

Birdrich wetland eight kilometers south of Rovinj. More than 220 bird species have been seen here.

Added* by klaas vd ploeg
Most recent update 24 November 2021


The Palud Nature Reserve is an area of ​​about 20 hectares in the rainy periods and 2 hectares in periods of drought. The reserve is close to the sea and the bays Cisterna and Gustinj. Trademark of the reserve is the Water Rail. Palud was connected to the sea in 1906 by a channel. 220 bird species have been recorded in the wetland. The diversity and richness of bird species, especially wetland birds during nesting, wintering and migration is amazing. In Palud you can see many species of ducks, grebes and waders. But also birds like Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Subalpine Warbler, Little Egret, Pygmy Cormorant, Wood Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Black-winged Stilt, Little Grebe, Common Shelduck and a variety of other bird species.



From Rovinj, the ornithological reserve Palud can be reached by following the road in direction to Pula. Four kilometers from Rovinj, in the settlement Kokuletovica, you should turn in the direction of Camp Vestar. A few dozen meters before the campsite turn left onto a dirt road. At the intersection before Mini Camp Mon Paradis turn left and follow the road along the coast to the Cisterna bay. Continue straight on and you will reach the reserve after two kilometers.

Along the path there is an observation point which allows an uninterrupted observation of birds in their natural environment and behavior during feeding, nesting, resting and socialization. There is also an info center with a small permanent photo exhibition of birds taken in the reserve area.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Reedbeds , Forest , Lake , Sea


Open landscape , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Spring


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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