A guest from far away

The marked sandwich tern from the North sea
A sandwich tern, ringed on the island of Ameland, in the North Sea, visited the Pomorie Lake Visitor Center in September.
The island of Ameland is home to the second biggest colony of the species in the Netherlands, counting some 2700 pairs! The biggest colony is on the island of Griend, that gives home to 30-50% of the breeding population in the Wadden Sea.

In Bulgaria the species nests at the Pomorie lake, which is home to the biggest colony of sandwich terns on the Balkan peninsula. Like many other waterfowl, the sandwich tern nests directly on the ground, which makes it especially vulnerable and a potential victim to many predators. The growing town of Pomorie and its proximity to the lake have had a negative effect on the number of safe places for the nesting birds. That is why our colleagues from the green Balkans along with volunteers are creating and maintaining artificial islands where the birds can nest in safety. From 6 pairs in 1996, to 1500 pairs in 2009, to the record of 2500 pairs in 2015.

Each year dozens of young birds are marked with unique rings with the aim of studying and protecting sandwich terns.
Sandwich terns are a rare and protected species. It winters in South Europe and Africa. This particular bird has traveled over 2000 km in a straight line to visit us from the island of Ameland!

Dimitar Popov - Green Balkans
mob.phone 0885108712, e-mail: dpopov@greenbalkans.org

Additional information:
Natura 2000

Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Sandwich Tern
In Bulgaria, the Sandwich Tern nests only on Pomorie and Atanasovsko lakes. Thanks to years of hard work, today the population of the species in Pomorie Lake is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. Listed as an endangered species and included in the Birds Directive, the Sandwich Tern and its habitats are protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

The sandwich tern information activities are imaplemented within:
Green Balkans
Hobby Tv
Natura 2000