Branta Birding Lodge & Conservation Centre

B&B Accommodation in Durankulak (Bulgaria) – birth place of Bed & Birding concept

6 days Birding Specials

Bulgarian Black Sea coast has extraordinary birdlife all year including up to 30,000 Red-breasted Geese in winter, most exciting spring and autumn migration and numerous East-European breeding specialities.

Lake Durankulak holds enormous variation throughout the year.  Good number of herons, cormorants, ducks, bitterns, crakes and passerines breed here, and several of them can be found all year round, including Moustached Warbler, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier and Pygmy Cormorant.

Waders feature Marsh, Curlew and Broad-billed Sandpipers, Temminck’s Stint, Kentish & Grey Plovers, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Great Snipe, Gull-billed, Caspian, Little, Sandwich and the three species of Marsh Terns, Mediterranean, Yellow-legged, Pontic, Little, Common and Slender-billed Gulls can be spotted.

Exclusive Photographic Opportunities

Why not combine your bird-watching trip to Bulgaria with the possibility to visit exclusive permanent and mobile hides to take advantage of the unique opportunities for ‘in field’ photography that we are able to offer. Your trip can be tailored to meet your personal requirements and as Branta Lodge has so much to offer all year round you can visit at any time.

In winter we can offer an excellent opportunity to photograph raptors from a hide directly accessible from the lodge. The raptors that come to our bait include White-tailed Eagle, Common, Long-legged and Rough-legged buzzards and possibly other species such as Goshawk and even Hen Harrier.


If you like to support the conservation of the critically endangered Red-breasted Goose please join one of Branta-Tours birdwatching programmes or make a reservation with Branta Birding Lodge.

Branta Birding Lodge offers you the unique opportunity to visit the world wintering site of the stunning and very endangered Red-breasted Goose.

Large concentrations of White-fronted Geese plus a few of the exceedingly rare Lesser White-fronted Goose also feature in the programme, plus a large array of waterfowl including divers, grebes and ducks. There is good chance of an Eagle Owl and outside possibility of Greater Black-headed Gull. Little and Pontic Gulls, desmaresti sub-species of Shag, Syrian Woodpecker, Calandra Lark and Bearded Tit are also on the agenda. Raptors are well represented too including White-tailed, and Spotted Eagles, Rough-legged and Long-legged Buzzards, Marsh and Hen Harriers, Merlin, Peregrine, and, with a good luck, Saker Falcon.

The best time of year to see Red-breasted Geese is during months of January and February.


The only chance to view in Europe this long distance migrant from Asia, coming to nest at the westernmost limit of its breeding range. The lake Durankulak is the breeding home to around 120 pairs of this delightful eastern melodious mimic.

In May you can also see, Pygmy Cormorant, the desmaresti sub-species of Shag, Glossy Ibis, Purple and Squacco Herons, Little Bittern, Ferruginous Duck, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes, Penduline and Bearded Tits, Balkan Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Calandra and Short-toed Larks, Red-footed Falcon, Long-legged and Honey Buzzards, Levant Sparrowhawk, Booted and Lesser Spotted Eagles, Little Crake, Moustached, Marsh, Savi’s, Olive-tree, Olivaceous and Barred Warblers, Red-Rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift, Syrian Woodpecker and other unusual passerines like Rose-coloured Starling, Pied, Isabelline and Black-eared Wheatears, Ortolan, Blackheaded and Corn Buntings, thousands of waders including Collared Pratincole, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Marsh, Curlew and Broad-billed Sandpipers, Temminck’s Stint, Gull-billed, Caspian, Little, Sandwich and the three species of Marsh Terns, Pontic and Mediterranean Gulls, Yelkouan Shearwater etc.

PALLAS’S GULL – The latest addition to our birding tours

Recently Pallas´s Gulls have been discovered breeding in the Southern part of the Danube Delta, some 100 km from Branta Birding Lodge.

We are now offering the outstanding opportunity, both in Bulgaria and in Romania, to see this mouthwatering Asiatic breeder at our doorstep throughout the year.
We provide comfortable and affordable accommodation at Branta Birding Lodge overlooking Durankulak Lake and Black Sea in Bulgaria.
Many other South-Eastern highlights also feature in the menu.
Programme may be adapted to your schedule.

We provide comfortable and clean accommodation at Branta Birding Lodge overlooking Durankulak Lake and Black Sea in Bulgaria.

It is highly recommended to hire an experienced  English-speaking local bird guide for some part of your holiday. Programme may be adapted to your schedule.

Bird Guide Fee (including 4WD vehicle) :
Full Day (sunrise to sunset) – 1 birder: Euro 95
Full DayAdditional birders: Euro 25

Half Day (sunrise – Noon or 1:00 PM to sunset) – 1st birder: Euro 60
Half Day – Additional birders: Euro 15

Price doesn’t include fuel

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or just give a call: +359 887 308753 / +359 888 476601

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