İğneada Floodplain Forests National Park

İgneada Floodplain Forests National Park, located in northwest on Turkish-Bulgarian border, is within Kırklareli province. Floodplain forests are essentially formed and nourished by accumulation and seasonal submersion of alluvium carried by streams flowing from Strandzha Mountains towards Black Sea. Seasonal floodplain forests, marshes and freshwater lakes coexist with coastal dunes. Consequently, the site has a rare diversity in terms of ecosystem, along with five lakes with rich aquatic plants.

Coastal dunes, located between lakes and marshes and sea, comprise plants that are under protection pursuant to international conventions. İgneada Floodplain Forests National Park recalls a paradise with various natural beauties such as fine sand coast, forests, lakes and streams. A voyage to these lands, once home to Ancient people of Thrace, is like proceeding on a heaven on earth.

Flora: National Park includes floodplain forests and tall, deciduous trees. European ash, oak and alder have more intense alder and ash in watery areas, while oak species are more common in dryer zones. Floodplain forests, after which the park is named, comprise very rare plant habitats peculiar to southwest Black Sea coasts.

Fauna: Researches in National Park have revealed existence of mammals like wild cat, boar, roe deer, hare, pine marten, badger, wolf, fox, otter, yellow-necked wood mouse, weasel, Bechstein's bat, marbled polecat, birds like white-tailed eagle, green woodpecker, owl, gray heron, cuckoo, kingfisher, black stork, hoopoe, reptiles like Thracian tortoise, crested newt, European legless lizard, viper, water snake, and fish such as trout, silverfish and gray mullet.