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International Bat Night in Lovech

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10/26/2021
Last week in Lovech at “Todor Kirkov” square was held the Bat Night.
 
Children from seven classes from different schools attended our event. All of them were curious to know why the bats are so important and why celebrations are initiated to these animals.

The day passed with presentations about bats, prize quizzes, artistic workshops. There was a surprise by the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center too: Their dwellers Chara The  Tawny Owl  and Misho The Common Buzzard were also guests of the event. Colleagues from the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center brought Misho and Chara in order to acquaint the children with their destiny – to tell more about these rare species, how they have got into the center and why it is necessary to stay living there. They  are birds with disabilities, who wouldn’t survive if were released, that’s why they stayed with us and became part of our big and wild family. 
 
We would like to thank once again to Lovech Municipality for organizing this event, for the invitation and respect!

In 2021 we celebrate 25 years Bat Night in Europe and 30 years Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats.

About the initiative:
The event is celebrated on the EUROBATS secretariat’s initiative under the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats.
Celebrated  for the first time 25 years ago, today The European Bat Night is organized in more than 30 countries, among them Bulgaria. In 2012 USA, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Lebanon joined the event as well. Due to this fact, the Bat Night became an international act, going beyond the scope of the “Old continent”, which aims to raise the public awareness about the importance of one of the most interesting species on the planet, as well as to introduce more people to the unique way of bats’ life. Usually the countries from Western Europe celebrate The Bat Night in the last weekend of August, but in Bulgaria the students are yet in vacation. That’s why we wait them to return in the classrooms and after 15th of September the Information campaign will run.

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


Natura 2000 in Bulgaria
Natura 2000 is the greatest coordinated network for nature protection. More than 30% of Bulgarian territory falls into the scope of the network – 120 protected areas for preservation of wild birds and 234 protected areas for preservation of natural habitats.

Bats
33 of all 35 bats species in Europe are to be seen in Bulgaria and they are of key importance for the ecosystems. All of them are protected under the Biodiversity Law and forest and underground habitats of species are protected zones within the Natura 2000 ecological network.
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For additional information:

Polya Ruseva - mob.: +359 894059156, e-mail: ptoncheva@greenbalkans.org

The Information about celebrating the International Bat Night is popularized within the project “NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons”.
     
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