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Natura 2000 in the Capital

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27.05.2021
We celebrated the Natura 2000 Day in Sofia on 21st of May. The campaign is part of the tour of Green Balkans.

Despite the rain, a lot of visitors passed by the Green Balkans’s stand with information materials for the ecological network and the protected species - the Griffon Vulture, the Red-breasted Goose, the Sandwich Tern, dolphins and bats.
 
Some of the participants came specially for the event and took part in many of the activities – questions for Natura 2000 and the protected species, large-scale puzzles, board game for Natura 2000.

The photo exhibitions of the protected habitats and species from the ecological network and the bat exhibition were located around the lake and were visible from far away.

We would like to thank all participants! Looking forward to meeting you again!

The event was supported by Sredets Region and Sofia Municipality.

You can find more photos from the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ZeleniBalkani&set=a.10158121158519327

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:
Aneliya Pavlova – Coordinator, tel. +359899269576, e-mail: apavlova@greenbalkans.org
Polina Hristova – Comminical officer, tel. +359882508721, e-mail: phristova@greenbalkans.org

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