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The number of nesting Lesser kestrels on the territory of "LUKOIL Neftohim Burgas" AD increases
06/05/2018
The birds occupy nest boxes specially placed for this purpose by Green Balkans on the territory of the oil refinery.
The monitoring carried out by Green Balkans experts and employees of the company at the beginning of May shows a record number of Lesser Kestrels (Falco naumanni) breeding in the LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas region. At least 8 pairs of these rare falcons nest on the territory of the main site of the Company. This is only the second place in the country where these rare birds can be observed and in the last five years the highest average number registered in the area is no more than 5 pairs. In 2017 Green Balkans team installed 10 special nest boxes to help breeding process of Lesser Kestrel. This year observations show that at least 3 of them are used by the falcons and one already hosts a nesting pair. The occupation of the nest boxes and the increase of the colony of the rare falcons are of utmost importance due to the fact that the total number of the species in Bulgaria is currently estimated by Green Balkans at only about 40 pairs.

We recall that since last few decades it was considered that these rare falcons do not breed in our country, Green Balkans restored the first colony in the area of the Sakar SPA in 2014, and later environmentalists localized an unknown nesting site on the territory of the refinery. Of course, this discovery became possible thanks to cooperation with "LUKOIL Neftohim Burgas" AD, with which Green Balkans has been working for more than 5 years for the protection and research of the rare birds at the site of the refinery.

The Green Balkans' efforts for conservation of Lesser Kestrel in Bulgaria in 2018 are supported by the German Foundation EuroNatur - www.euronatur.org

Gradimir Gradev,
Project Manager, Restoration of Lesser Kestrel, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Tel: 0885 609289
e-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org