The Bat Night in Plovdiv

We celebrated the Bat Night in Plovdiv on the first Saturday of October.

We gathered in the Dondukova Gradina city park – members and volunteers of NGO Green Balkans, the director of Regional Natural History Museum, Plovdiv – Mr. Ognyan Todorov, Krum Sirakov from “Dzhendema” Speleo Club and “Agharta” Mountain Sports Club, and thanks to Mr. Atanas Kalinov and his sign language translation The Association of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children (APHIC) and Plovdiv’s affiliate of the Union Of the Deaf joined as well.

The official opening of the event took place in the park, afterwards a part of the group moved into the Museum’s Planetarium, where Aneliya Pavlova told about the bats by means of presentation. The rest of the group had the chance to view our photo exhibition of bats in the park as well as to see cave techniques for researching caves and bats, shown by Krum.
At sunset we managed to eavesdrop the bats, who left their shelters, by an ultrasound detector.

Thanks to all friends and fans of bats!

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.

Aneliya Pavlova – Coordinator in Green Balkans – mobile+359 899269576, e-mail: apavlova@greenbalkans.org
Svetlozara Kazandjieva – RNHM – Plovdiv – mobile +359 886 120 449; e-mail: svetlozara.k@gmail.com
Krum Sirakov – “Dzhendema” Speleo Club - mobile +359 888229073

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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