Green Balkans and friends – Campaign for Natura 2000 Day in Bulgaria.

The Green Balkans team will celebrate one of the most important nature conservation dates in the country with a tour in partnership with organizations and museums in different towns in the country.
The tour will present projects and organization’s activities for protection and conservation of target species of major European nature conservation importance, as well as the national activities for the establishment of the National Ecological Network Natura 2000. During the events you will have the opportunity to learn about our activities for protected species and their habitats:

The fourth vulture species presented by “Bright future for the Black Vulture” project
The Lesser Kestrel, presented by “LIFE for Lesser Kestrel” -
Species and habitats, presented by “The 'NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS” - NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS (
The activities of Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Centre -
The activities for cetaceans - Dolphins - Green Balakans (
Activities for the Red-breasted Goose -
Activities for the bats -

 You will have the opportunity:
  • To get information about the target species - Imperial Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Red-breasted Goose, bats, cetaceans, Saker Falcon, Griffon Vulture and Bearded Vulture, Sandwich Tern, Lesser Kestrel and Pygmy Cormorant and to solve interesting puzzles. 
  • To watch a documentary about the vultures in Bulgaria. 
  • To touch realistic mock-ups of Griffon Vulture, Red-breasted Goose, Sandwich Tern, and Lesser Kestrel. 
  • You will receive information materials such as booklets and brochures. 
  • Learn how YOU can be useful too! 
Programme of the tour: 
-4th  and  5th  of May – Vratsa time 15:00-18:00 hrs. On 5th of May 10:00 - 12:00 hrs -   Nature Conservation Centre "Natura";
-  9th of May  - Durankulak;
- 10th of May – Shabla, time: 10:00 - 16:00 hrs -  Green Educational Center - Shabla;
- 11th of May - Balgarevo , time 11:00 - 14:00 hrs. -  People’s Community Centre  "Naroden Buditel - 1940" - Balgarevo;
- 14th of May - Belozem – 10:00 o’clock during the annual White Stork Festival;
- 14th of May - Plovdiv - 10:00 o’clock. Together with 5km RUN - Rowing Canal (Regatta Venue) – 2 km cross for children.  There are also provided prizes;
- 19th of May – Sliven, time 11:00 - 14:00 hrs, in the building of Natural Park “Sinite Kamani”;
- 20th  of May – Burgas, 10:00 - 18:00 hrs.  Together with Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation;
- 21st of May - Pomorie, Nature Conservation Centre Pomorie Lake, Together with Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation;
- 23rd of May - Teteven  in partnership with the municipality of Teteven - stay tuned for information about the time;
- 26th  of May – village of Cherni Osam, time 11:00 - 16:00 hrs Museum of Natural History – Village of Cherni Osam together with National School for Mountain Guides Cherni Osam;
- 27th of May – Pleven, time 11:00 - 16:00 hrs - Museum of Natural History Pleven ;
- 28th of May - Plovdiv – together with  5км RUN - cross in Lauta Park with a distance of 5 km. Cross for adults will start at 9:00. There will be prizes for all finishers;
- 28th of May – Stara Zagora – time 11:00 - 13:00 hrs  - House Museum of Geo Milev

As a part of the campaign for Natura 2000 Day are our two photo-exhibitions about Natura 2000 in Bulgaria. They are exhibited in Regional Museum of Natural History – Sofia and Pleven, and in the building of the Pirin National Park, Bansko, as well as an exhibition with realistic mock-ups of protected species of animals in the Regional Museum of Natural History, Plovdiv.

30 years since the launching of the Natura 2000 Network
The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Natura 2000 Network, the most extensive and complex network of protected areas in the world. The Spanish territory contributes 20% of the total number of terrestrial protected areas to this network, and more than 84,500 km2 of marine protected areas, ranging from large marine areas to regions that barely cover one hectare but are home to unique habitats and associated species. In total, more than 220,000 km2 of protected areas form part of the Natura 2000 Network.

The beginning of the Natura 2000 Network: Birds Directive and Habitats Directive
Today, the Natura 2000 Network is a key tool for the protection of the European Union’s biodiversity from the impact of human activities. Its main goal is to ensure biodiversity through the conservation of Europe’s natural habitats and wild flora and fauna.

The protected areas of the Natura 2000 Network are designated according to two complementary community directives:
Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds (Birds Directive), which defines Special Protection Areas for Birds (ZEPA)
Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Habitats Directive), which regulates the procedure for the selection of the so-called Sites of Community Importance (LIC), which must subsequently be designated as Special Areas of Conservation (ZEP).
The Birds Directive was approved in 1979 in response to the concern about the decline experienced by the populations of various species of migratory birds and native birds in the European territory. The Habitats Directive was created in 1992.

Some of the Natura 2000 Network benefits
The Natura 2000 Network, in addition to safeguarding biodiversity goals, provides society with great benefits as an element that mitigates climate change, regulates the water resources we drink and use in agriculture, farming, industry, etc., or mitigates the effects of floods, droughts or fires.

Natura 2000 areas also provide a wide range of socio-economic benefits and services to society. For example, despite the difficulty of quantifying the degree of influence of each marine protected area on fishery resources, numerous studies conducted in more than 124 marine reserves around the world show that, on average, marine reserves produce an increase of 21% in the number of species, 166% in the number of individuals per area, and a remarkable 446% increase in total biomass relative to unprotected areas in the vicinity.

However, despite the fact that 4 out of every 5 people in Spain live very close to a Natura 2000 Network area, there is a high degree of ignorance of the network in society. If we want to continue enjoying all the benefits it brings to people and the planet, it is necessary to work to ensure that the population is not only aware of the existence of the Natura 2000 Network and its benefits, but also that there is a real interest in the development and conservation of this network of protected areas.

Additional contacts:
Polya Ruseva - Coordinator of the project , mobile: +359 894059156,

Green Balkans and friends's campaign is carried out thanks to: