International Bat Night in Stara Zagora

We celebrated the Bat Night in Stara Zagora again this year. Our kind hosts were “Geo Milev” House Museum.

This year marks 25th anniversary of the International Bat Night in Europe. Green Balkans and friends  celebrated the event in 11 cities in Bulgaria.

A lot of "little bats" gathered in Stara Zagora, who went through a transformation, echolocation explained by playing, a presentation, climbing and eavesdropping on the bats with ultrasound detectors.

The yard of the House Museum was filled with curious and hungry for knowledge children, willing to find out what bats are useful for, why they are not scary and that they are actually the only nocturnal flying mammals. They were eager to learn how caring the bat mothers are, what is a kinder garden for bats, what is a hibernation,how many years one small bat lives, and a bunch of other questions, which we answered.

We would like to thank again the team of “Geo Milev” House Museum for their hospitality, responsiveness and help!

More for the initiative:
The EUROBATS Secretariat has the initiative for celebrating the event 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, including Bulgaria. USA, The Philippines, Azerbaijan, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Lebanon joined the event for the first time in 2012. Thus the Bat Night became international, exceeding the scale of the “Old continent”, which aims to introduce more people with the unique way of life and great importance of some of the most interesting animals on the planet – the bats. Usually the western countries celebrate the Bat Night in the last weekend of August, but in Bulgaria we are all still on vacation then J, that’s why we wait for the beginning of school year and we unfold the informational campaign of Bat Night after 15th of September.
Green Balkans are a member of the international organization BatLife Europe, with the support by  KFFOE (Austrian Coordination Centre for Bat Conservation and Research).

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.

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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The events organized by Green Balkans for celebrating the International Bat Night are part of the project „Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons”:

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