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Natura 2000 In Pomorie – part of the Green Balkans tour

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28.05.2021
We celebrated the Natura 2000 Day on 27 May in Pomorie.

With a great interest the people from Pomorie wanted to learn more about the Sandwich Tern which is a protected species and can be observed in the summer at the Pomorie Lake. Furthermore, people were curious to hear more about cetaceans living in the Black Sea.

Our “NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria” photo exhibition attracted greatly both the local and tourists’ attention. We aim with it to present to the wide public various habitats of European conservation importance, as well as rare species subject to conservation within the network.

One more exhibition with realistic models of Sandwich Tern, Red-breasted Goose, Griffon Vulture and Lesser Kestrel appeared at the main street of Pomorie.

For the youngest children there were a quiz with prizes and large-scale puzzles from which they could learn interesting facts about vultures and cetaceans
Hope to see you again!

Additional information:

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.

Sandwich Tern
In Bulgaria, the Sandwich Tern nests only on Pomorie and Atanasovsko lakes. Thanks to years of hard work, today the population of the species in Pomorie Lake is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. Listed as an endangered species and included in the Birds Directive, the Sandwich Tern and its habitats are protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Cetaceans
There are 3 species of cetaceans in the Black Sea - Bottlenose Dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, endemic to our sea. Persecuted in the past, not much is known today about the state of the populations of the three species. The Bottlenose Dolphin and the Harbour Porpoise are subject to protection by the Natura 2000 ecological network and special marine protected areas are declared for their protection.

Red-breasted Goose
The Red-breasted Goose is a globally endangered species, protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network. Bulgaria is an important country for the protection of the species - almost the entire world population spends the winter in the region of Primorska Dobrudzha.

Griffon Vulture
Widespread and numerous in the past, at the end of the last century the Griffon Vulture had only 1-2 active nests restricted to the Eastern Rhodopes. Thanks to the efforts of conservation organizations, today the population of the species is growing and we can see it in the Balkan Mountains, Eastern Rhodopes and Kresna. The species and its habitats are protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Lesser Kestrel
The Lesser Kestrel – once extinct as a nesting species in the country and successfully restored 25 years later, thanks to the Green Balkans activities in the Sakar Mountains. The species and its habitats are preserved in the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Bats
33 from the 35 species of bats in Europe can be found in Bulgaria. They are of key importance for ecosystems. All bat species are protected by the Biodiversity Act, and the forest and underground habitats of the species are protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network.


Contacts:
Polina Hristova – Communication officer, tel. +359882508721, e-mail: phristova@greenbalkans.org


The event was supported by Pomorie Municipality.
The tour of Green Balkans and friends for NATURA 2000 is realized with the cooperation of: