Ulcinj Saltern is without a doubt an important natural reserve on the Montenegrin coast rich in biodiversity and represents a unique spot for birdwatching in Montenegro.
The Bajo Sekulić Saltern is a former salt production site that has become a secure and cozy habitat for over 250 bird species. This was the only salt marsh in Montenegro where salt was produced traditionally as a byproduct of the sea sun and wind. In the summer of 2019 local nature preservationists won their battle to protect the area and the Ulcinj Saltern was officially declared a Park of Nature.
A Heathrow Airport for birds
Each year millions of birds visit Ulcinj Saltern on their migration paths. Flocks of up to 40,000 birds stop off in Ulcinj on their route between Africa and Europe where there is plenty of food. The saltern is quite literally a bird sanctuary and their only hope for some rest on their long transcontinental journeys. The area serves as their principal roosting, nesting, breeding and wintering area on the southern Adriatic coast.
The biggest attraction for visitors are usually the flamingos that brighten up the horizon with their fuchsia pink shades between April and June each year. The Centre for the Protection and Research of Birds in Montenegro (CZIP) hold a series of tours where visitors can observe these elegant birds from up close.
Saltern as a Park of Nature
The saltern has been maintained by CZIP members for years, looking out for the interests of the birds in their natural environment and campaigning for the protection and preservation of the area. Thanks to them, the saltern is now a Nature Park and protected area.
If you choose to attend a tour of the saltern in their company not only you will learn about resident birds but also about the entire ecosystem and therefore unique plants, amphibians and reptiles that can be found in the area.
When to visit?
You can visit the saltern anytime though the bird species observed will depend on the season. There is no entry fee for the park but there is a nominal charge for the educational tours organized by the CZIP.