The protected area is located in southwestern Bulgaria, in the valley of Struma river near Kresna Gorge. To the south, reaching the villages of Palat and Drakata, and to the north - the village of Krupnik. To the east enters part of the foothills of Pirin mountain, and to the west part of the foothills of Malesh mountain.
In the region of Kresna are established 147 species of birds, mainly nesting. Of these, 22 are listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria. 64 species are of European conservation importance, and one globally threatened species (corncrake).