SUPPORTED RESERVE “VELYOV VIR” (WATER LILIES)
It is located in close proximity to Ropotamo reserve and is a part of Ropotamo natural complex.
Coordinates: 42°17’58.30” N, 27°42’40.11” E 17 m above sea level
VELYOV VIR (WATER LILIES) (Code in the register: 22)
Category: Supported reserve
Size: 13.6 hectares
Location: District: Burgas, Municipality: Primorsko, Town: Primorsko
Documents declaring it a supported reserve: Order №2080 of 24.07.1962
Documents of change: Re-categorization by Order №381 of 15.10.1999
Purposes for declaring it a supported reserve: A large community of white water lilies, yellow water lily (Burduche), spring snowflake, dense forest dominated by ash trees.
Mode of activities: Pending approval of a management plan for running the supported reserve, the following activities are allowed:
1. Maintaining the water regime;
2. Maintaining the population of water lilies;
3. Usingbiological plant protection agents.
Overlap: ЗЗ from the Birds Directive: Ropotamo complex
The reserve is better known with its old name – The Water Lilies. It was declared a reserve in 1962 to protect the large natural community of white water lilies, yellow water lilies, spring snowflakes and the typical for the area dense forest of ash trees. The area ofthe supported reserve is 13.6 hectares and it includes a part of the old riverbed of Ropotamo River. The road to Velyov Vir marsh passes under a shady tunnel of trees and climbing plants. You can go into the marsh along a purpose built wooden bridge. Pedestrian access to the reserve is established by Order of the Ministry of Environment and Water regarding the trails in the area of Ropotamo reserve. The trail is a deviation off the main road Burgas - Primorsko, just before the bridge over Ropotamo River.
Another way of accessing the reserve is a combined route – by boat and on foot. The boat trip is along the upper stream of the river and lasts 20 minutes in one direction. Then there is a short walk to Velyov Vir.
The burduche (yellow water lily/rose) (Nuphar lutea) is a water plant. The species is included in the Red Book of Bulgaria (1985) under the category "rare" and is protected under the Biological Variety Act and the Medicinal Plants Act. In the new Red List of Bulgaria it is entered under the category "endangered". In Bourgas district it grows in the reserves Velyov Vir and Ropotamo, as well as along Veleka River and in Mouth of Veleka River Protected Area.