Discover Balikesir and see freshwater lake Manyas
Bird Paradise National Park is an ideal place for birds to stopover, rest and continue on their way after feeding. The park is located in the mild climate of the Marmara region, right on top of the international migration routes of the birds.
The area, which was declared as a national park in 1959, known as the magical beauty of Balikesir. Basic species of tree at the Bird Paradise National Park are willows and tamarisk trees located on the southern and eastern shores of the lake. Alongside all the reeds, rush, and other grasses, hundreds of other species of flowering plants also exist in the marshlands. Bird Paradise National Park is a marvel for all bird admirers, also an important stop for migratory birds. It is estimated that there are 246 species of birds visiting the Bird Paradise National Park.
Ornithological Paradise: The national park near the Lake Manyas is a veritable ornithological paradise where 246 species of birds feed. Detailed information about the birds, and the park in general, is provided in the museum and the administrative building inside the park. Scientific research here requires permission from the park directorate.
Lake Manyas is a shallow nutrient rich freshwater lake fed by groundwater and four streams. The lake where freshwater lobster, green frogs, leaping frogs and tree frogs are constantly present, also is the habitat of more than 20 species of fish including bass, pike, mullet, and carp.
The water of the lake, which is 20 km long, 14 km wide, and an average depth of 3 m, is constantly blurred because it contains clay. The water level of Lake Manyas changes according to the seasons.
Bird Paradise National Park has received an award of the Class A European certificate from the European Union, because of its effective and successful protection for bird life.
The basic highlights of the national park;