Lake Kerkini, Kerkini, Greece
Lake Kerkini, is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1932, and then redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was previously an extremely extensive marshland
Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, one of the most important wetlands in Europe, is considered to be one of the top European bird watching destinations. About 300 bird species have been observed here: some of them nestle, some winter, others stop over for rest or food. Among them, the Pelican and the Pygmy Cormorant are threatened with extinction. The area is also one of the most important cormorants’ and herons’ colonies of the Northern Balkan Peninsula.
The lake is situated in the northeast of the district of Serres, at just 40km from the town of Serres and 100km from Thessaloniki, and it is surrounded by Mounts Belles and Mavrovouni. In this fascinating location birdwatchers can observe birds of prey, such as the Lesser Spotted and the Bonelli’s Eagle, the Great Spotted Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon, the Eurasian Hobby, the Levant Sparrow Ηawk and the Northern Goshawk. Enjoy this bird-watching paradise ideally during spring and autumn migration periods, when a great number of species can be easily spotted. However, you can offer yourself an intense birding experience in Kerkini all year long. Just remember to be kitted out in the right bird watching equipment and let the unparalleled beauty put a spell on you forever!
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