Spanish specialists visited Bulgaria

Spanish specialists visited Bulgaria

As most of you know, Green Balkans is implementing a project called “Greater chance for Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) in Bulgaria – Lesser Kestrel Recovery”, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360, funded with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union. The project duration is five years, and the partners involved in the implementation of the project activities are DEMA (Spain) and EURONATUR (Germany).

For more than twenty years, the team of DEMA (Defensa y Estudio del Medio Ambiente) has been working exclusively for the conservation of Lesser Kestrels. DEMA’s numerous successful projects and profound experience in captive breeding of Lesser Kestrels rank the Organization among the best specialists in Lesser Kestrel reintroduction.

The representatives of DEMA visited the Wildlife Rescue Center, where Lesser Kestrels will be bred in captivity, and shared their many years’ experience with our veterinarians, revealing lots of subtleties and details related to this activity. After that, Green Balkans’ team and DEMA visited Sakar SPA. There, the experts identified the most suitable location for the future release of Lesser Kestrels and discussed all related details determining the successful outcome of the project.

In the 1960s, this small falcon was relatively widespread in Bulgaria, found even in big cities such as Plovdiv. After a sharp decrease in the species’ numbers in the 1980s, the last known breeding site in Bulgaria – in Sakar SPA, was abandoned. So far, no breeding of Lesser Kestrels has been recorded in Bulgaria; there have only been several sightings of flocks from the nearby colonies in Greece and Turkey hunting in Bulgaria. This international project is aimed at restoring breeding colonies of Lesser Kestrels in the vicinity of the last known breeding sites, through translocation of chicks from Spain and subsequent release in the wild, applying special methods developed by the experts of DEMA.

For further information, please contact:

Pavlin ZhelevGIS Expert, Ecologist

Mobile: +359 889 694 979