This landscape is one of the most beautiful sodic lands of the Great Plains. It is an internationally recognized habitat for water and shore birds. This area is also home to water and shore birds especially in the migration time. The most valuable part of the Böddi-szék is the central 250 ha area, which used to be a confluent lake basin. The lake has a very fluctuating water regime. After being grazed, a rich bird fauna occupied it; 154 species have so far been recorded, out of which 52 also breed here. Among the birds you can see here are Kentish Plover, Avocet, Stone-curlew, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Red-footed Falcon, European Marsh Harrier, Great Bittern, Black-winged Stilt and Great Bustard. There is a high observation tower from where you have a great overview of the area (see the map).
You can easily can get there by car and parking close to the lake or the observation tower (click on the P in the map to get directions). Or you can walk the 6 km Kentish Plover Trail (see more info below).
Terrain and HabitatGrassland, Plain, Lake, Wetland
ConditionsFlat, Dusty, Dry
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Dunatetétlen, Kentish Plover Study Trail, Length: 6 km. How to approach: The trailhead is on the southern bank of Canal No. 5, where it crosses the side road of Járáspuszta, connecting Routes 52 and 53. After the information sign of the trailhead, the trail goes along the reedy bank of the canal in a southerly direction. Information signs are spaced 400-600 m apart and after 3 km, the trail arrives at a birdwatching bridge, where the trail turns back and leads back to the trailhead on the other bank of the canal. Accessible throughout the year but there may be restrictions during breeding season (between March and mid-June). There are 11 general information signs and two ornithological signs in both Hungarian and English languages.
The Böddi-szék is is located near Dunatetétlen and has an area of more than 700 ha. It is confined by Route 52 in the north, the Kiskunság Regional Canal in the east, Route 53 and a fishpond system in the south, and a local road in west. Some 270 ha of its area is owned and managed by the Dunatáj Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection Public Enterprize.