Left without home! When a bat colony remains homeless in the middle of the winter…

Yesterday we received a signal in our office from the Regional inspectorate of environment and water, submitted to them by a citizen from Kazanlak.

The woman has been terrified by the presence of bats on her terrace and she didn’t even dare to check up the number and the species of the bats.

Unfortunately, our explanations that bats are harmless and useful animals didn’t help stimulating her to manage the situation on her own and we needed to respond quickly and visit her home in Kazanlak.

For our greatest surprise, after thorough inspection of her terrace, we found the bats in the least expected and suitable place for wintering – in an old bucket!

The settlement of bats in such place indicates that the colony is in distress and is probably chased away from their wintering place. According to a lady from the building, there has recently been made a reconstruction of a nearby terrace where the bats have probably lived before – in a crack or a gap of the facade.

The bats were transported to the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center where they were fed and given solution with vitamins, amino acids and nutrients to gain strength. After thorough examination it was found that they are mixed colony of female and male individuals from the species Nyctalus noctula, all 76. After that, they were accommodated into a suitable wintering place.

We would like to thank Dr. Draganov and Dr. Cholakova from the National professional school of veterinary medicine 'Ivan Pavlov', Stara Zagora for their cooperation, allowing the students to miss classes but to come and volunteer in the Rescue center and giving them the opportunity to learn something new.

We would like to summon the citizens to notify the respective Regional inspectorate of environment and water about similar cases and to take care of our wild neighbors – the bats, who are extremely useful and completely harmless to people!

For additional information:
Elena Stoeva – tel.: 00359887574699, e-mail: etilova@greenbalkans.org

Additional information:
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 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.

The information activities of the Green Balkans' Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center are implemented within project '"NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS"  LIFE17 GIE/BG/000371

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