Sandanski, Bulgaria

Rupite - Strumeshnitsa

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The area includes the valley of the StrumaRiver with surrounding low hills, some of them of volcanic origin, before the entry of the river in Greece. The area includes the inflow Strumeshnitsa to the border with R. Macedonia and  small tributaries connecting to the neighboring mountains.
The area itself carries important habitats, but it is also a constant biocorridor along the river connecting the surrounding mountains.  In this area is located the most representative area of willow habitat throughout western Bulgaria, outside this area it is presented only by small fragments.