Celebration of World Wetlands day with the most important document for the protection and managements of Bulgarian wetlands

On 2d February, the date when the Convention on wetlands was signed in Ramsar (Iran) Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) and Bulgarian society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) present to the audience the National Wetlands Action Plan. The plan will be published on the websites of both organizations as well as on the website of MOEW so everyone who is interested in it to be able to read and comment it.

Second day of February – suitable occasion to pay attention to wetlands and water management

The second day of February is celebrated as World wetlands day for 42 years. On this occasion citizens, organizations and institutions all over the world pay attention to the importance of the wetlands for life of the population. This date is not selected by chance. On 2 February 1971 was signed the Convention on wetlands, most popular under the name Ramsar Convention. The document is named after the town Ramsar in Iran where it was signed. This year the focus is on wetlands and water management.

The project “Life for the Bourgas Lakes” was highly evaluated by the EC

The implementation of the activities of the project “Life for the Bourgas Lakes” financed by program LIFE+ of EU was highly evaluated by the EC.
Mr. Simon Goss – Coordinator of LIFE+ program for Bulgaria and Mrs. Brunhilde Rack – Program Manager LIFE+ Nature visited Bourgas in September 2012. During their visit they took part in the Second Meeting of all Bulgarian LIFE+ projects and checked the progress of the project “Life for the Bourgas Lakes”, implemented by Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).


Bulgarian Society for the Protection of birds announces photo competition “Seed of Love through your camera”

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) announces photo competition “Seed of Love through your camera”. The competition will take place within the framework of the campaign for winter feeding of passerines called “Seed of Love”. The campaign has started in December with development and placement of birdfeeders for those small and not so small feathery friends that are around us in winter. These are well known birds as Great Tits, Sparrows, Woodpeckers, Redbreasts or Eurasian Jays. Their survival during cold months of the year is very difficult, especially when it is snowy outside.

This January the wintering birds in Bourgas are more numerous than the previous year

This winter the water birds in Bourgas are more than last January as was revealed by the results of Mid-winter counting of wintering birds in the region. The experts and volunteers from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, RIEW - Bourgas, Balkani Wildlife Society, Bulgarian Ornithological Center and Federation of nature conservation NGOs “Green Balkans” registered 210 000 individuals from different species. The reason for the variety in data for the two years is the cold weather that brought the wintering Geese to the South. During the Mid-winter counting last January the weather was warm and sunny while this year the counters met severe meteorological conditions – raining and snowing, serious fogs and frozen water basins. The bad weather made the work of the counters very difficult but the action was completed successfully.

Project for advertising material about Atanasovsko Lake

The Museum of Natural History – Bourgas in partnership with the project “Salt of Life”, financed by LIFE+ program of EU, implemented by BBF and RIE – Bourgas organize a competition for development of project for advertising material about Atanasovsko Lake.

The winter will bring more geese at Bourgas Lakes

At the end of 2012 the low temperatures and the snowy weather at North brought more geese at Bourgas Lakes. During the last weekend of the year volunteers of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and Bulgarian Ornithological Center investigated how has changed the number of the winter inhabitants of the lakes. The collected data point out that for ten days the number of the Greater White-fronted Goose increased to one hundred thousand. In the middle of December their number was approximately 20 000 and at the end of the month over 120000 spent the nights at Vaya Lake, Atanassovsko Lake and Mandra.

Great White Pelican Phillip welcomes its mates First Great White Pelicans returned to Bourgas Lakes

On 13th March 2012 the Great White Pelican Phillip that lived for two months at Nature Conservation center “Poda” finally welcomed its mates returning to Bourgas Lakes. Now the chances of Phillip to fly away with them increased immensely. The return from Africa of the Great White Pelicans in our country means that the spring is coming soon. The first birds from the species feed at Bourgas Lakes on their way to the Danube delta.

Meet Spring Alive together with 38 countries

On 1st of March starts the seventh edition of the educational campaign Spring Alive organized by Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds [BSPB] and the International Nature Conservation Center BirdLife International.
The idea of the initiative Spring Alive is to meet the spring together with the birds returning from the South and thus to become part of the biggest spring bird watching in Europe. How does it happen? Everyone who wants to participate should look at the sky and meet the migrating birds. After that the participant should share the observation on the official site of the campaign The main rule is to register only the first observations of five migrating bird species: White Stork, Barn Swallow, Common Swift, Common Cuckoo and European Bee-eater. Last year on the internet site of Spring Alive were registered over 127 000 observations.


Birds threatened with extinction in nature were temporary patients in Nature Conservation Center “Poda”

Birds threatened with extinction in nature were temporary patients in the rehabilitation bird cage at Nature Conservation “Poda”, owned by Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. For less than a month at the Nature Conservation Center has been provided first aid to 35 birds. Most of them were saved by citizens, Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water and volunteers working on LIFE+ project “Life for the Bourgas Lakes.