Recognised by many as Europe's largest wetland lanscape, the Danube Delta is a birding paradise. Teamed with small navigable channels, diverse birdlife and a variety of avenues for discovering.
The Danube Delta has become one of the wildest, most protected and famous wildlife areas of the whole continent. The area provides new sources of income and pride for the people who live here and in the surrounding Romanian and Ukrainian regions.
The Danube Delta inspires people in other natural areas to approach their challenges and opportunities using rewilding as a tool to engage wildife toruism as an economical support mechanism for communities and nature. Crossing over from singular fishing related incomes to now offering boat tours, bird watching and even sunset cruises on the Black sea coast.
The area has gone under some large scale restoration, from reflooding/ wetting polder areas to toruism related training and development. Local community members now engage in a variety of activities including sustainable fishing and wildlfie watching to support their familes and continue to protect this wild area.
Hugging the Black sea coast the area has a rich diverse natural offering; from pelican to wild boar and now rewilded water buffalo. Visiting the area is really only possible by boat, making the adventure even greater and the variety of channels and islands waiting for exploration are abundant.
From unique house boats to kayaking and island explorations by horse drawn cart - its like nothing else you done before.
One of the least populated areas in Europe, the Danube Delta offers a unique opportunity to restore a whole spectrum of biodiverse habitats – from open estuarine systems, naturally grazed grassland and vast reed beds through to freshwater marshes, coastal lagoons, shallow lakes and riverine forests.
Working with partners, the rewilding team is working to significantly improve the ecological integrity and natural functioning of 40,000 hectares of wetland and terrestrial delta habitat, using rewilding principles at on a landscape scale. Revitalised and self-governing natural processes, particularly flooding and natural grazing, will govern landscape formation, driving other natural processes, wildlife comeback, increased biodiversity and the development of a nature-based economy.
The Danube Delta rewilding area is part of the Tauros breeding programme, managed by the Taurus Foundation and Rewilding Europe. The aim of the programme is to bring back a functional, wild version of the auroch – called the Tauros – by establishing viable wild populations of this animal in several European locations.
Rewilding Europe is working to create new opportunities for delta communities by supporting the development of nature-based business. In collaboration with partners, we are also working to construct nature tourism infrastructure, such as wildlife watching towers, panels and hides. The Rewilding Europe enterprise team is backing this up with theoretical and practical training sessions on the provision of wildlife watching activities.