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Green Balkans celebrated the International Bat Night in Pleven

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10/23/2020
We celebrated the International Bat Night in Pleven in the Month of bats.

Together with the hosts from the Nature Department of the Regional History Museum – Pleven we welcomed all bat enthusiasts in the yard of the museum. There we had prepared various workshops to talk about bats, our night friends, and how useful they are. Our colleagues from the Regional History Museum had prepared the coolest hall, in which Poli from Green Balkans welcomed all groups to give them a short presentation about bats in Bulgaria and around the world, as well as Natura 2000 – the ecological network that protects them in Europe. The young enthusiasts watched a short video with interesting information about bats and caves. They viewed our bat exhibition in the courtyard of the museum and chose the most impressive photo of a bat.

Our colleagues from the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center were also part of the celebration.

All children had fun while we made origami bats, bats on a stick and other fun games together and talked about how many mosquitoes bats can eat in just one night.

In addition to the bats in the city, there are two Natura 2000 zones in the immediate vicinity of Pleven – the Vit River Protected Area and Studenets Protected Area. They are established for the protection of a number of species, including over 11 species of bats, as well as the Western Barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus) – the bat of 2020.


The initiative to celebrate the International Bat Nightis 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.
 

We would like to thank our colleagues from the Nature Department of the Regional History Museum – Pleven for another successful Bat Night, which we organize together!

We’d also like to thank all young and old enthusiasts who joined our celebration, as well as their parents and teachers!
 

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.


Contacts:
Polya Ruseva – Communication Specialist
phone +359894059156, e-mail: ptoncheva@greenbalkans.org
 

Green Balkans is a member of the international organization BatLife Europe, with the support of KFFOE (Austrian Coordination Center for Bat Conservation and Research).


The events of Green Balkans to mark the International Bat Night are held within the "Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons" project.

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