Join the Green Balkans volunteer brigade at Pomorie Lake this September

Join the Green Balkans volunteer brigade at Pomorie Lake this September

It is time for the annual Green Balkans Volunteer Brigade at the Pomorie Lake. This year, for the 25th time, we will gather between 1st – 8th September to help clean up, clear up and restore the Sandwich Terns nesting sites at the Lake and help prepare them for the next breeding season.

What are you going to do?

Each year, the brigade includes clearing the artificial islands from invasive vegetation, as well as strengthening the wooden platforms in the lake. All work will be done before noon and afterwards volunteers will have free time to enjoy the seaside. This year we have included thematic presentations and trainings about the cetaceans in the Black sea, bats and protected bird species to help our volunteers learn more about our nature and what we do to protect it.

We will post more information about the activities soon!

Or you can check out last year’s brigade here.

How can you join?

The Volunteer Brigade will take place between 1-8 September.

• There is no participation fee – but everyone has to cover their transportation, accommodation and food expenses. The Green Balkans team can help volunteers with booking accommodation.
• We will provide tools and gloves for work. It is also good for participants to prepare work clothes, as well as old closed shoes with which will be necessary for crossing the water.

Confirm your participation in the form HERE no later than August 24th.

Brief history of Volunteer Brigades

The annual volunteer brigades at Pomorie Lake have been held since 1996 thanks to the joint efforts of the Green Balkans and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV). The brigades allow all volunteers to combine their annual holiday with helping nature conservation in Bulgaria.

Why do we hold the brigades?

At the beginning back in 1996, only 6 pairs of Sandwich Terns (Thalasseus sandvicensis) were observed at the lake. Thanks to the Green Balkans efforts along with the dozens of volunteers who helped build and maintain the island habitats suitable for the species, along with many other rare and protected birds visiting the lake throughout the year. In 2009 almost 1 500 pairs nest at the lake and in 2013 their numbers reach 2 500 breeding pairs!
This is one of the most emblematic species recovery actions in the country.
Thanks to these efforts the Pomorie Lake offers suitable nesting habitats for terns, Pied Avocets and plovers. The newly formed Sandwich Tern colony comprises one of the largest colonies of the species in Southeast Europe and attracts tourist and bird lovers from the whole world.

What do we aim?

The conservation activities aim to support the species that visit the lake during the breeding or migratory seasons. Apart from that these activities also help volunteers acquire knowledge and skills regarding natural habitats, biodiversity and nature conservation. The Pomorie Lake is a protected territory and a protected site under the Birds and Habitats Directives and is included in the Natura 2000 ecological network, it is also considered an ornithologically important place and is included in the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

We’d like to thank Maya Panova and Viktoriya Kirilova for the wonderful pictures!
Aneliya Pavlova – Coordinator – mob.number +359882508721, e-mail:
Polina Hristova – Communication specialist– mob.number +359882508721, e-mail:

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