Forest Conservation Center “Karadja dere”


The Center is located in a renovated building of Dospat State Forestry Unit close to Sarnena river (Karadja dere). It hosts an exhibition presenting the biodiversity in “Karadja dere” Protected Site including outdoor information boards on the nature in the region as well as interactive games for kids and pupils.



“Karadja dere” Protected Site was designated in 2008 with the aim of protecting the habitats of rare and threatened plant and animal species along Sarnena river and its adjacent territories and has a total area of about 1000 ha. One of the flag species for the region is the European otter (Lutra lutra), which inhabits the protected area and is common to other water bodies on the territory of Dospat municipality.