Dissemination of BLACK SEA WATCH products


During the past weeks the team of BLACK SEA WATCH “Black Sea Marine Environment Research With Public Participation” project has been actively disseminationg the project leaflet presenting the tools developed within the project – smart phone app and website. 

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For the first time in 60 years – Griffon Vulture has returned to the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria, Kresna and the Pirin Mountains, as a result of a long-term restoration programme


Today, in a press-conference held in the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency we announced the start of a large-scale campaign for celebrating a huge success – the return of Griffon Vulture to the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria, Kresna and the Pirin Mountains. This international nature conservation success is a result of over 15 years of joint efforts of Green Balkans, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) and the Birds of Prey Protection Society (BPPS).

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International campaign marking the return of the Griffon vulture in Stara planina and Pirin


In 2016 Bulgaria is celebrating its huge contribution in saving of European natural heritage. Eleven successfully fledged Griffon vulture chicks on the cliffs of Balkan Mountain and Kresna Gorge (Pirin) have confirmed the future of vulture populations there. It is a payoff of a long process of fifteen years in hard work and real team efforts of Green Balkans, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) and Birds of Prey Protection Society (BPPS). The chicks will be named after conservationists from 8 European countries. Ambassadors of four countries in Bulgaria will officially receive the certificates.    

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Unexpected visitors


A flock of White Storks have settled down for the night around the Levka village Lesser Kestrel Release and Adaptation Module, grounded by the upcoming night.

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Mass mortality of cetaceans on the coast between Pomorie and Aheloy


In the past three days from Friday to Sunday (15-17 July) experts and volunteers of the society have recorded 35 stranded dead cetaceans on the coast from Pomorie to Aheloy. All individuals belong to the species Black Sea Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena relicta) – protected species listed in annex 2 and 3 of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Act and Endangered species listed in IUCN Red List. All started on Friday when during regular monitoring for cetacean strandings on the sand spit between Pomorie and Aheloy our English volunteer Abigale Killick has registered the record number for the site of 8 stranded porpoises.

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Attraction of the place of birth


As you may have noticed, we are giving you, from time to time, the personal story of some of our Lesser Kestrels. Today is BFV’s turn – a three-year-old male, from the first group, set free in 2013 for the Green Balkans’ “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project in the Sakar area.

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