The Salina, with its 1500 hectares, represents one of the most significant resting and overwintering sites for numerous water birds in the whole of the Adriatic. Moreover, the Salina enjoys international significance as a breeding area for birds. But, because of the obstructive attitude of the Montenegrin government, the area is not even protected nationally, let alone internationally. Thousands of birds of more than 250 species use the Salina every year. As a wetland of international importance, it should long ago have been designated as a site under the Ramsar Convention. Why the Salina is worthy of protection, but still remains unprotected, you can find out here.
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) © CZIP
For many of the birds, the Saline Ulcinj will be lost as a habitat if it is not put under protection soon and the salina operations resumed. Some examples of the currently about 250 species of birds that use saline as a resting and nesting area are.
(Black-crowned) Night Heron
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
All pictures shown above: © Peter Sackl
(European) Honey Buzzard
(Eurasian) Teal (Anas crecca)