Green Balkans took part in the international celebrations of the Natura 2000 day, aimed to popularize European species and habitats of great conservation importance.
As usual, May is full of events, but this year we have organized the Natura 2000 Day - May 21 - celebrations with various events throughout the month. See what they are!
Just 15 projects implemented in the Program were selected for the Best LIFE project 2019
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Spring is almost upon us and so are the lesser kestrels at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center in Stara Zagora.
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Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon species that is a useful ally of man in combating pests in agricultural landscapes. Once considered among the most abundant birds of prey in Europe, today, due to agriculture intensification, farmland abandonment, loss of nesting sites and intensive pesticide application it has an uncertain future.
Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to agro-environmental landscapes, showing high preferences towards extensively managed wheat crops and extensively grazed or otherwise maintained pastures. The species is an essentially insectivorous, opportunist feeder, capable of exploiting a wide range of terrestrial and aerial prey.
Lesser Kestrels are often nesting in urban areas, as they provide nesting sites and reduced nest predation and are usually surrounded by agricultural fields or open uncultivated grasslands, securing food sources. The species is therefore highly dependent on human activity not only for foraging areas but also in terms of available nesting sites.
In the past, the Lesser Kestrel was widely spread in Bulgaria, nesting “everywhere” in the mid-19th century. At present, there are no Lesser Kestrel breeding pairs confirmed in Bulgaria.