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Improving the nesting conditions of waterfowl in the Pomorie Lagoon

Avosets with chicks
22.06.2022
The work of Green Balkans on the project Life for Pomorie Lagoon continues, in which our team partners with the BFB, Tour de Valat (France) and Pomorie Salinas. The project aims to improve the habitat of the lagoon, its hydrological regime and, as a result, the nesting conditions of priority species such as Sandwich and Common terns, Avoset and Black-winged stilt, as well as many other protected species of waterfowl.

Some of the project's activities include a conservation brigade conducted late last summer, during which volunteers and employees of the NGO worked on the restoration of islets and platforms, which are the main nesting habitats of birds in the lake. Thanks to these efforts, this year we have significantly improved the conditions in the protected area. The artificial island, which houses the colony of Sandwich terns, and which was renovated as part of a conservation brigade, is home to more than 1,400 couples this summer, who are already hatching their chicks. This is an increase of 50% over last year.

Another improvement that our team is noticing is an increase in the number of Avosets' nests in the lagoon. This species is extremely attached to salt lagoons and sensitive to changes in environmental conditions, and in recent years there has been a significant decrasing of its population in Pomorie Lake. We were happy to see a recovery in the number of nesting pairs, which this year were over 90 compared to only 36 reported in 2021.

The conservation brigade on Pomorie Lake will be held again this year in the first week of September. And our team continues to work to protect one of the few remaining natural oases along our coast.