Natura 2000 in Smolyan - part of the tour of Green Balkans

On 25th of May we celebrated the Natura 2000 Day together with our friends from Magna Natura and with the support of the Municipality of Smolyan.

The amphitheater on the Svoboda Square in Smolyan was the most suitable place for the Natura 2000 and bat photo exhibitions. The banners with information about the Red-breasted Goose and bats also found their perfect place.

The two stands of Green Balkans represented the models of the Griffon Vulture, the Red-breasted Goose, the Sandwich Tern and several large-scale puzzles of the Black Vulture and dolphins.

A lot of families joined the 3 tours with stories for the ecological network and the protected species. Everybody received information materials. The adults – books for Natura 2000, and children- the story of Brent - the Red-breasted Goose.

The weather was with us again, as well as the sparkling eyes of the children, eager to learn more about the unique species, part of our nature.

We would like to thank for the support to Magna Natura and the Municipality of Smolyan
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aneliya Pavlova - coordinator, mobile phone +359899269576, e-mail:
Lyubka Gyurova – Technical Assistant LIFE649, +359876618186, e-mail:

The tour of Green Balkans and friends for NATURA 2000 is realized with the cooperation of: