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06/19/2018
The past days have been filled with good and interesting news about Lesser Kestrels in the Rescue Center and Green Balkans.  
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06/05/2018
The birds occupy nest boxes specially placed for this purpose by Green Balkans on the territory of the oil refinery.  
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05/22/2018
The team of Green Balkans was among the finalists in the competition.  
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05/08/2018
There are about 60 birds and more than 15 pairs in the colony of these rare birds created by Green Balkans.  
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04/28/2018
During this week the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre welcomed high-ranking guests from the European Commission and the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water.
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Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon species that is a useful ally of man in combating pests in agricultural landscapes. Once considered among the most abundant birds of prey in Europe, today, due to agriculture intensification, farmland abandonment, loss of nesting sites and intensive pesticide application it has an uncertain future.
Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to agro-environmental landscapes, showing high preferences towards extensively managed wheat crops and extensively grazed or otherwise maintained pastures. The species is an essentially insectivorous, opportunist feeder, capable of exploiting a wide range of terrestrial and aerial prey.
Lesser Kestrels are often nesting in urban areas, as they provide nesting sites and reduced nest predation and are usually surrounded by agricultural fields or open uncultivated grasslands, securing food sources. The species is therefore highly dependent on human activity not only for foraging areas but also in terms of available nesting sites.
In the past, the Lesser Kestrel was widely spread in Bulgaria, nesting “everywhere” in the mid-19th century. At present, there are no Lesser Kestrel breeding pairs confirmed in Bulgaria.