Green Balkans and Kaufland Bulgaria join forces in support of protected species

At the end of 2020, Kaufland Bulgaria and Green Balkans joined forces in an information campaign for protected species, which aims at educational, but also financial support for the conservation activities of Green Balkans. Kaufland Bulgaria donated BGN 4,148 in support of the protected species for which Green Balkans works during the Zoolandia customer program.

The Green Balkans team from the project "Natura 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons" prepared interesting facts about the species and for 8 weeks citizens met the Sandwich Tern, bats, Griffon Vultures, Bearded Vultures, Red-breasted Geese, the Pygmy Cormorant, cetaceans and the White Stork on the KauflandBg website, and learned why we should protect their habitats, part of the Natura 2000 network.

Along with the interesting information, each week there were 2 questions, which every participant had the opportunity to answer. The main contribution to the raised funds was made by all 4148 users who visited the platform and participated in the game with thematic questions. For each participant who filled in the questionnaire, Kaufland Bulgaria donated BGN 1 in support of the activities for restoration and protection of rare species in Bulgaria. At the end of each week, in the form of a raffle, two of the participants who had given a correct answer received a set of information materials from Green Balkans in a tourist backpack provided by Kaufland Bulgaria. And in the last days of the campaign, one of the participants won the grand prize - a family tent and a one-year subscription to the educational platform "UchaSe", provided by Kaufland Bulgaria. You can find out the names of the winners HERE.

We’d like to thank all of our longtime supporters as well as all new friends who supported the initiative!
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.

Sandwich Tern
In Bulgaria, the Sandwich Tern nests only on Pomorie and Atanasovsko lakes. Thanks to years of hard work, today the population of the species in Pomorie Lake is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. Listed as an endangered species and included in the Birds Directive, the Sandwich Tern and its habitats are protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

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.

Griffon Vulture
Widespread and numerous in the past, at the end of the last century the Griffon Vulture had only 1-2 active nests restricted to the Eastern Rhodopes. Thanks to the efforts of conservation organizations, today the population of the species is growing and we can see it in the Balkan Mountains, Eastern Rhodopes and Kresna. The species and its habitats are protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Bearded Vulture
The Bearded Vulture - protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network. A symbol of Bulgarian nature protection, sadly extinct from the Bulgarian fauna since the 1960s. Its former habitats are protected within the Natura 2000 network.

Red-breasted Goose
The Red-breasted Goose is a globally endangered species, protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network. Bulgaria is an important country for the protection of the species - almost the entire world population spends the winter in the region of Primorska Dobrudzha.

Pigmy Cormorant
With only a few nesting sites in the country, the Pigmy Cormorant is one of the three species of cormorants found in Bulgaria. The species is closely associated with ponds and nests in colonies, making it vulnerable to disturbance. One of the most endangered species, which is why it is strictly protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

There are 3 species of cetaceans in the Black Sea - Bottlenose Dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, endemic to our sea. Persecuted in the past, not much is known today about the state of the populations of the three species. The Bottlenose Dolphin and the Harbour Porpoise are subject to protection by the Natura 2000 ecological network and special marine protected areas are declared for their protection.

Aneliya Pavlova - Green Balkans Coordinator
Tel. +359899269576, e-mail: apavlova@greenbalkans.org

The information about the protected species was prepared by:
Green Balkans
Hobby Tv
Natura 2000