Lake Skadar and the Bojana Buna Delta

Paradises for birds on the Eastern Adriatic

© Dieter Haase
Spoonbills have established a stable breeding colony in the Bojana-Buna Delta. © Dieter Haase

Lying protected between the Dinaric Alps and the Adriatic in the south-west section of the Green Belt is an extraordinary sequence of natural landscapes. In the border area between Albania and Montenegro lies the largest lake on the Balkan peninsula: Lake Skadar. In the course of the seasons rainfall and melting snow swell the waters of the lake to almost twice its basic size.


Its outflow (known in Albanian as Buna and in Montenegrin as Bojana) forms a unique natural corridor. Here, in the safe haven of the Green Belt, Cormorants, Pygmy Cormorants, Spoonbills and many varieties of Heron have established stable colonies. They find ample forage in the lagoons of the Bojana-Buna Delta and in the salt flats of Ulcinj. All the wetlands in the Bojana-Buna Delta have become important resting places for Spoonbills and many other migratory birds flying across the Adriatic and then over Sicily on to North Africa. Together with its partners EuroNatur is working committedly for the preservation of these valuable habitats on the Balkan Green Belt.

Read more about the EuroNatur projects and important nature conservation successes in the Bojana-Buna Delta and on Lake Skadar.

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