The eco trail “Found Delta” on the Damchik site of the Astrakhan Reserve was opened for visitors in 2016.

The route passes through 4 islands, each of which allows you to get acquainted with various protected biotopes and their inhabitants. The whole trail is equipped with wooden flooring, which is not only convenient for movement at any time of the year, but also helps to preserve the soil cover from trampling and prevents enthusiastic excursions from leaving the trail.

The ecological trail route

The ecological trail route starts from the central cordon of the Damchik site of the Reserve. Tourists are settled in long motor boats, repeating in shape fishing boats called “budarka”, which were built in the lower Volga from ancient times.

The central cordon of the Damchik part of the Astrakhan reserve is located on the banks of the Bystraya canal – this is the channel of the Old Volga. From here you can get to the place where the Volga flows into the Caspian Sea!

The first part of the route passes along the picturesque Volga channels, among reed beds and gallery willow forests. If you look forward, carefully, on the sides and deep into the coastal thickets, you can see a lot of interesting things.

Closer to the water, egrets, herons, and kingfishers usually sit on tree branches and snags, and the delta host, the white-tailed eagle, proudly sits on the tops of tall trees. Birds of prey often soar high in the sky, but an experienced guide will always be able to see them above and tell interesting facts about the life of eagles, red-fronted falcons, cheglock and ospreys.

If you are lucky, you can see an unforgettable scene of the hunting of white-tailed eagle, when he immediately snatches a fish out of the water. This mighty bird often accompanies a boat with sightseers, as if observing them. In the Volga delta there is the largest population of white-tailed eagle in Europe, so it is possible to take an excellent photo of this rare bird even during the shortest boat excursion.

Having passed several kilometers along the water route, the boats moor to the wooden platform at the beginning of the ecological trail, which is hidden in one of the winding eriks, branching from the main channel.

Discover the secrets of the reserved nature

An excursion of the ecological trail begins with an introduction to the history of the establishment of the Astrakhan reserve. Not many people can remain indifferent to the life story of dedicated people, who stood at the origins of the Reserve’s foundation in the Volga delta and devoted their lives to protecting nature and restoring the bird population.

The Ecological Path “Found Delta” reveals the innermost secrets of the reserved nature. Step by step, together with an experienced guide, visitors will learn interesting facts about plants, insects, amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals that can be seen or heard on the trail. A beautiful view of the vast reed beds opens from the observation tower, which is also located on the trail. Our guides will answer all questions from curious tourists. There are a lot of informative stands on the trail, and “milestones” every 100 meters in an entertaining form tell about how we are faster than turtles or slower than a dragonfly.

The total length of the Found Delta ecological trail through all 4 sites is 1.7 km. Duration of the ecological trail excursion is 2 hours.

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Boat excursion:
Eco trail excursion
Observation tower excursion
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