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Explore the Wetlands of the Delta of Evros River

Feres, Greece


Added by Andreas Brokalakis

Take a fisherman's boat to explore one of the most significant wetlands in Europe

Evros is the river that marks the borders between Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. Its delta is an extensive wetland that is one of the most important wetlands in Europe. It is the refuge for a large number of bird species and especially for wintering birds and those that use it as a migration station. The wetland is especially famous for the flamingos that you may witness there in large numbers. However it is also particularly important the presence of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and fish. More than 28 species of amphibians and reptiles, more than 40 species of mammals and 46 species of fish have been recorded.

Visiting the delta is a unique experience for anyone who loves nature. Although there are many guided tours that you may take in order to reach the area, I believe that arranging a tour with a certified boat owner / fisherman on a fishing boat is by far the best way to experience it. As mentioned above, the river is the border between Greece and Turkey and therefore you cannot visit the area all alone, without a certified guide because of the military presence.

To arrange for a visit you can visit the Municipal Tourist Office in Feres (this is the point that is marked on the directions). From there you can either arrange for a tour or they can bring you in contact to a certified guide.

Once on the river you will be able to witness the vast wetland, see the small houses built on top of the water for the fishermen and hunters and also see the flamingos at the opening of the delta. Large birds of all kinds of species fly near or above the boat: white pelicans, glossy ibis, spoonbills, Dalmatian pelicans, little gulls and black terns. The most important presence is this of slender-billed curlew, which is one of the most rare bird species on earth.

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