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12/14/2020
Hello friends of the Lesser Kestrel, once again we need your help!
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12/04/2020
On 30th November, 2020 ended the contest about a logo and a slogan upon the latest project at Green Balkans – Life for Lesser Kestrel.  
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11/30/2020
This year on 1st December it is “The Giving Tuesday” – a day when we celebrate the charity and via the campaign in favour of different causes!
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11/23/2020
The document makes a frame for the conservation of the rare falcons and their habitats within the period of 2021-2030.  
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11/05/2020
On 6th November, 2020, on Friday is going to be conducted an International On-line International Scientific Conference on Restoration of Conservation-Reliant Species and Habitats where we Green Balkans are co-organizers.
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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.