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06/18/2019
The event was held in the period 12-15 June in Cesinovo – Obleshevo, European Stork Village in North Macedonia  
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06/18/2019
The Green Balkans’ Mondays at the Zahari Kniazhevski Library in Stara Zagora became a tradition, this time we talked about the lesser kestrel.
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06/11/2019
The Lesser Kestrels hatched this year were ringed and accommodated in an adaptation aviary. This is the last stage before their release in the wild.
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05/30/2019
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!
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05/29/2019
On the 21st may our team celebrated the Natura 2000 day in Levka, at the Lesser Kestrel Adaptation and Release Module located in the Sakar SPA, part of the Natura 2000 ecological network.
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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.