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Voluntary Days with Solvay Sodi

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25.10.2021
In the period 11-13 of October, a team of Green Balkans took part in the Voluntary Days with Solvay Sodi.

The preparation of the voluntary days started with a research and elaboration of bat houses. With the support of experts from Green Balkans, an engineer from the factory developed specifically designed, innovative and modern model of a bat house. Together we have elaborated a total of 8 houses, which were placed in appropriate places with school students.
A team of “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons” project conducted training of the factory employees, that took part in the voluntary activities. An information on the hidden world of the bats was presented, and in the following days the volunteers made lectures by them self in front of students from 2 local schools – online and on place. 8 classes with students from 3rd and 4th grades of “Vasil Levski” Secondary School in Devnya and “Hristo Botev” Primary School, Chernevo Village took part in the celebration of the Bat Night together with Solvay Sodi. The lectures were presented in front of around 140 students from both schools. The bat houses were placed in appropriate habitats on trees in the school yard in Devnya and the village garden of Chernevo. In the spring, both the volunteers and students, will have the duty to check if there are any bats settled in houses.

Thus, the volunteers from Solvay Sodi became part of the bat conservation in Bulgaria, learning and teaching important and interesting information about the life and conservation of the flying mammals.

We wish to the employees of Solvey Sodi to continue their work in nature protection with the same enthusiasm and creativity with which they welcomed the Green Balkans team and became part of the Bat Night!
We thank to the head of “Vasil Levski” Secondary School, Devnya and “Hristo Botev” Primary School, Chernevo, and we will be happy to meet again!

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 greatest coordinate network for nature protection. More than 30% of Bulgarian territory falls into the scope of the network – 120 protected areas for preservation of wild birds and 234 protected areas for preservation 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:
Polina Hristova – Communication Officer – e-mail: phristova@greenbalkans.org, phone: 0882508721
Polya Toncheva – Communication Officer – e-mail: ptoncheva@greenbalkans.org, phone: 0894059156


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