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A Lesser Kestrel ‘landed’ on the Ivan Vazov Primary School in Svilengrad

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03/09/2021
Two Lesser Kestrels have ‘perched’ on the central facade of Ivan Vazov Primary School in Svilengrad. In less than a week, Ventsislav Yosifov and Ivo Iliev from the artistic team of 140 ideas completed the contemporary mural depicting the two birds. The mural represents one of the rarest bird species in Bulgaria and an emblematic species for the region of Svilengrad.

Here is what Ventsislav Yosifov shared about their work: “The work on painting the modern mural was extremely satisfying, because we were constantly met with the sincere astonishment of the students, as well as the approval and support of parents and residents of Svilengrad. We thank the management of Ivan Vazov Primary School and their director Asya Raykova, for their help during the work, as well as EVN Bulgaria, who assisted in our activities."

The initiative is part of the Green Balkans project "NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons" LIFE17 GIE/BG/371, which aims to promote the world's largest ecological network - the European Natura 2000 network, of which Bulgaria is also a part.

The Lesser Kestrel is one of the species protected in the European network. Until recently, it was considered extinct for the country. It "returned" to Bulgaria after the start of the Green Balkans conservation program, implemented in the period 2013-2017 under the "Greater chance for the Lesser Kestrel in Bulgaria" LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project, together with the Spanish organization DEMA and the German organization EURONATUR. Today, the Lesser Kestrel numbers have reached 40 pairs, which nest in the Module for adaptation in the village of Levka, and the "Dr. Petar Beron" Secondary school in Svilengrad was the first school to pride itself with the image of the protected species.

Elena Stoeva, project manager of the "Natura 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons" project shares more about the activity: "The two schools in Svilengrad are the first in a series of buildings in five cities, which will be painted with emblematic species of European conservation importance from the region. We plan to start work on the facade of one of the EVN buildings in Plovdiv after mid-March, and the buildings to be painted in Varna, Stara Zagora and Burgas are yet to be specified. "

We would like to remind all citizens that everyone interested in painting the facades of private or public buildings can contact us at the contacts listed below.

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.

Lesser Kestrel
The Lesser Kestrel – once extinct as a nesting species in the country and successfully restored 25 years later, thanks to the Green Balkans activities in the Sakar Mountains. The species and its habitats are preserved in the Natura 2000 ecological network.


Contacts:
Elena Stoeva - Project Manager "NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons" - tel. 0887574699, e-mail: etilova@greenbalkans.org
Ventsislav Yosifov - "140 ideas" - tel. 0895689284
For contacts regarding the activities for conservation of the Lesser Kestrel - Gradimir Gradev - Project Manager "Life for the Lesser Kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 - "Green Balkans - Stara Zagora" NGO tel. +359885609289, e-mail: ggradev @ greenbalkans.org

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