_LANG_CLI_LOGO_NAME_LBL The 'NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS

Wildlife neighbors

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11/24/2020
We would like to share with you another case of peaceful coexistence between humans and bats.

Unfortunately, people's homes are not natural refuges for bats. The reason for this is because very often old forests, with numerous hollows and safe grounds for bats, have been cut down and bats find small cracks in houses and apartment buildings, holes in bricks as a replacement home.

We share the story of a young family from a Plovdiv village. In the late spring of 2020, they decided to repair and renovate their house, which is not plastered and is built with bricks – with ideal slits for bats. We emphasize that they called us as they do not want to harm the bats, because they know that they have been living in the cracks on one of the facades of the house for several years. In the period May-September bats form the so-called breeding colonies, gathering only females to give birth and raise their offspring. We discussed the possibilities and decided to leave the insulation on this wall for the late fall. We recently had another conversation and agreed to visit their house in the afternoon. The Green Balkans team has an ultrasonic detector, so if there are sounds that the human ear cannot detect - the detector can.

The last few years, warm weather lasts until late October and there still is an abundance of insects which bats feed on, so the flying mammals hibernate later.

During the inspection no bats were found and the young family can easily renovate the rest of their house.

This is one of the few cases in which humans comply with the biology of the species, and most importantly - are not afraid of bats.

All bats in Bulgaria are protected by the Biodiversity Act. In addition, 13 of them are included in the list of species for conservation in the Natura 2000 ecological network. The main purpose of the Habitats Directive is “to ensure the continued existence or eventual restoration to a favorable conservation status of these species in their natural habitat’.
 
You can find more information here: https://greenbalkans.org/prilepi/index.php?cli_lang=EN
 

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.


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Aneliya Pavlova - phone +359899269576, apavlova@greenbalkans.org

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