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10/23/2019
Yesterday, the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre team, with the help of faithful volunteers, performed prophylactic medical examinations of Lesser kestrels that are part of our breeding program.
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10/10/2019
Nature conservationists had equipped the rare bird with a satellite transmitter that allows it to be traced to the faraway continent.
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10/10/2019
The scientific paper is a collaborative work of leading specialists in the species from Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Italy and France.
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09/25/2019
This year, the European Green Belt international initiative turns 30 years since its launch.
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09/24/2019
The event is organized by Green Balkans to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the international Initiative, as part of a cross-border project with Turkey funded by the European Green Belt Association
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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.