Kamchia Biosphere Reserve
Found along the northern coastline of the Black Sea, near Varna city, is the beautiful Kamchia Biosphere Reserve. The reserve itself, originally established in 1951, was added to UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage list in 1977. The reserve covers 1,200 hectares of the lower valley of the Kamchia River, including the Kamchia Sands Protected Area. The periodic flooding enables over 245 species of higher plants to thrive in the area, providing a habitat for more than 250 types of bird, such as black storks, hobbies, owls, nightjar and even some endangered species like the lesser spotted eagle and the rare half-collared flycatcher. Needless to say, it is an ideal spot for birdwatchers. Nearby Varna has plenty of accommodation and dining options as well as ample tourist attractions.