_LANG_CLI_LOGO_NAME_LBL The 'NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS

​International Bat Night in Sliven

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10/16/2020
At 15th October the Green Balkans team visited our frineds at the “Sinite kamani” Nature Park Directorate in Sliven where we celebrated the International Bat Night with over 50 children from the city. Our colleagues from the Regional Forestry Directorate – Sliven also joined our event.

We had prepared art ateliers, a bat movie and a special presentation to tell the young nature lovers more about bats and their life. Since the “Sinite kamani” Nature park is home to 12 bat species protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network, we told everyone what we do to preserve and protect bats in the park. And the children shared some of their stories about bats and where they’ve seen them.

The celebrations continued the next day when our colleagues from the Park Directorate welcomed over 60 children and talked about bats, why they are so important for us, humans, and what we do to protect them.

“Sinite kamani” Nature Park is home to over 80 plant and animal species protected within the largest ecological network – Natura 2000. Bats are only a small part of the incredible biodiversity we are all trying to preserve for our children and for their children in time.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the hosts from the “Sinite kamani” NPD who helped organize and carry out the event, as well as our collegues from the RFD-Sliven for joining the event.

A big thank you to all parents, teachers and all kids for joining the International Bat Night celebrations in Sliven and learning more about our wildlife neighbors – bats.

Contacts:
Polya Ruseva – Communication officer – mob.number +359894059156, e-mail: ptoncheva@greenbalkans.org


Natura 2000
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Bats
33 from the 35 species of bats in Europe can be found in Bulgaria. They are of key importance for ecosystems. All bat species are protected by the Biodiversity Act, and the forest and underground habitats of the species are protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network.
 
Additional information about the International Bat Night:

The initiative to celebrate the event is led by the Secretariat of EUROBATS – the Agreement on the Conservation of European Bat Species. Celebrated for the first time in 1990 in France and Poland, today the European Bat Night is organized in more than 30 countries, including Bulgaria. In 2012, the United States, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Lebanon joined the event for the first time. With this, the Bat Night became an international event going beyond the borders of the "Old Continent", which aims to introduce people to the unique life and the great importance of one of the most interesting animals on the planet - bats. Western countries usually celebrate the Bat Night on the last weekend of August, but in Bulgaria we are all still on vacation. That is why we are waiting for students to start school and after September 15 the Bat Night information campaign is launched.
 
 
Green Balkans is a member of the international organization BatLife Europe, with the support of KFFOE (Austrian Coordination Center for Bat Conservation and Research). BatLife Europe also leads the annual Bat of the Year initiative, with the Bat of 2020 – the Barbastelle (B. barbastellus).
 

Green Balkans events celebrating the International Bat Night are implemented with the “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons” project

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