Adriatic Flyway

Tracking the commuters

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Red line: The Adriatic Flyway runs across the Balkan Peninsula down to the African continent. © EuroNatur

The routes of migratory birds link different continents and take them from Europe, where they stay in summer, to their wintering grounds by the Mediterranean Sea and in Africa. Water birds from Central, North, and Eastern Europe prefer the migratory route over the Balkans and the Adriatic Sea until Africa, the so called Adriatic Flyway.

Balkan is no longer uncharted territory on the bird migration map

It was not until a few years ago that the Adriatic Flyway became well-known. Before, the Balkans indeed has been uncharted territory on the migration map. But today we know that twice per year millions of migratory birds commute between their wintering and their breeding grounds on this route. Passing the Mediterranean Sea and the Dinarites, the birds have to overcome enormous obstacles. This effort only is to manage when there are safe and intact resting areas on the way. But exactly such resting areas are rare along the coast between Slovenia and Albania. Bird hunters ambush the animals and thus make the Eastern Adriatic coast a death trap for migratory birds.

 

The most important resting areas and wetlands along the Adriatic Flyway include:

  • The Neretva Delta in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Lake Skutari, Bojana Buna Delta and Solana Ulcinj on the border of Albania and Montenegro
  • The karst plain Livansko Polje in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Within the framework of a project for the protection of important wetlands along the Adriatic Flyway which is supported by the Mava Foundation, EuroNatur fights for the conservation of vital resting areas. You can help us by making a donation!

For more information please download the proceedings of the I. Adriatic Flyway Conference: "Adriatic Flyway – Closing the Gap in Bird Conservation, 2010" (pdf, 7,9 Mb)




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