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07/31/2018
Rare falcons are raised at the Green Balkans’ Rescue Center in Stara Zagora. On 31.07. a group of 6 young Lesser kestrels was placed in the adaptation aviary at the Lesser Kestrel Release and Adaptation Module.
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07/16/2018
A few days ago, the Green Balkans Rescue Center team opened the adaptation aviary (hack) in the area of the Center, from which 31 young Lesser kestrels flew away.  
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06/19/2018
The past days have been filled with good and interesting news about Lesser Kestrels in the Rescue Center and Green Balkans.  
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06/05/2018
The birds occupy nest boxes specially placed for this purpose by Green Balkans on the territory of the oil refinery.  
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05/28/2018
Green Balkans celebrated European NATURA 2000 Day at various sites throughout the country in order to promote species and habitats of European conservation importance.  
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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.