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International Bat Night in Vratsa

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18.10.2021
Bat Night at Nature Conservation Center “Natura”.  This year we celebrated the Bat holiday together with three schools from Vratsa. Those who attended learnt how bats are called in the different countries and why, how to know there is a bat in the house, where bats hide, how to make a mask and origami yourself. Different methods for making and setting up bat houses were described.

We explained the process of echolocation by playing with the children. They also learned what different species of bats eat. Our aim was to show that bats are not scary at all, but different and sympathetic. 33 of all 35 bat species in Europe are to be seen in Bulgaria and all of them are insectivorous. Bats are very useful, because a great part of the insects they feed are pests in agriculture, and in the cities they help fighting mosquitoes.
 
We would like to thank NP “Vratchanski Balkan” again this year for their good partnership!
 
More for the initiative:
The EUROBATS Secretariat has the initiative for celebrating the event under the Agreement on  the Conservation of Populations of European Bats.
Celebrated for the first time 25 years ago, today the European Bat Night is organized in more than 30 countries, including Bulgaria. USA, The Philippines, Azerbaijan, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Lebanon joined the event for the first time in 2012. Thus the Bat Night became international, exceeding the scale of the “Old continent”, which aims to introduce more people with the unique way of life and great importance of some of the most interesting animals on the planet – the bats. Usually the western countries celebrate the Bat Night in the last weekend of August, but in Bulgaria we are all still on vacation then J, that’s why we wait for the beginning of school year and we unfold the informational campaign of Bat Night after 15th of September.
Green Balkans are a member of the international organization BatLife Europe, with the support by  KFFOE (Austrian Coordination Centre for Bat Conservation and Research).

Natura 2000
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Bats
33 of all 35 bats species in Europe are to be seen in Bulgaria and they are of key importance for the ecosystems. All of them are protected under the Biodiversity Law  and forest and underground habitats of species are protected zones within the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Contacts:
Polya Ruseva - mob.: +359 894059156, e-mail: ptoncheva@greenbalkans.org
NP „Vratchanski Balkan“ – mob. +359 888866529.

The events organized by Green Balkans for celebrating the International Bat Night are part of the project „Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons”