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A colony of nesting birds on Lake Durankulak was destroyed - 05/11/2020

A colony of nesting birds on Lake Durankulak was destroyed
A Green Balkans’ team visited the Durankulak Lake area to inspect and gather data on the logging carried out on the lake’s bank, which was reported by local citizens. A nesting colony of Great cormorants, which is also the largest one north of Burgas along Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea, was destroyed. More than 180 pairs nesting in a poplar stand on the shores of Durankulak Lake have lost their nesting habitat after the trees were cut down.

The property in which the colony falls in is private, but it is part of the SPA Durankulak Lake BG0002050, part of the European Natura 2000 network. It was purchased by a private person in 2019 in order to build a botanical garden.
The inspection established that no investment intention for felling has been submitted. Neither the RIoEW, nor the Executive Forest Agency, nor the Municipality of Shabla have been notified, which is a heavy violation of national and European legislation. The results of the inspection should become clear within a few days.

At the time of the inspection, the birds were observed nesting in trees and even the roof of a building on a small island in the lake. Unfortunately, this crime, committed during the most sensitive period for the birds, will have a strong negative impact on the species population. The Green Balkans’ team will continue to monitor the way things are going.

In the area of the crime, of course, many other protected bird species are nesting, including Hoopoe, Golden oriole, Roller, several species of woodpeckers, including the extremely rare Black woodpecker, which was spotted by our team near the felling during the inspection. All these species, which are currently nesting and raising their offspring, have also suffered from this vandalism.

The extremely difficult period that our society is going through at the moment has shown us how important the balance in our natural environment is. We all see the consequences of the pollution of ecosystems, of the irreversible destruction of communities and species. Unfortunately, there will always be unscrupulous people who abuse public wealth, which is what wildlife actually is. And let us not forget that, apart from the practical reasons for protecting ecosystems, such as conserving resources and the purity of air and water, we, as a moral and reasonable species, have another equally important duty - to educate in generations respect and love of life, beauty and aesthetics, which is one of the highest values ​​of any civilized society.

Dimitar Popov +359885108712
dpopov@greenbalkans.org