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[02-10-2020] ​We celebrated the 24th Bat Night in Vratsa
On October 1, we invited all fans of bats at the "Natura” Nature Conservation Center in Eski Mosque in Vratsa, where we painted, played and learned new things about our neighbors, the bats.

And since the Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park is home to 12 species of bats protected in the Natura 2000 network, we talked about bats in the mountains, caves and even in the apartment blocks. The children told us interesting stories about how they met their wild neighbors and how they reacted. We disguised ourselves as bats with the help of face paints and masks, and went outside to eavesdrop on the bats with our ultrasonic detector.

The Western Barbastelle (B. barbastellus), which is also the bat of 2020, turned out to be a universal favorite!

We’d truly like to thank our colleagues from the Natura Nature Conservation Center, who not only invited us to the impressive building of the center, told us more about the nature park and the various places that can be visited, but also helped us to properly celebrate the International Bat Night in Vratsa.

We’d like to thank all children, teachers and parents who took the time to join our celebration and learn interesting facts about the cute and useful bats.

Contacts:
Polya Ruseva – Green Balkans
Mobile: +359894059156, email: ptoncheva@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.

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.

Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park
There are two protected areas on the territory of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, with the same name - Vrachanski Balkan Protected Area - BG0002053 declared under the Birds Directive and Vrachanski Balkan Protected Area - BG0000166, declared under the Habitats Directive. The park is home to 14 species of invertebrates, 4 species of fish, 6 species of amphibians and reptiles and 16 species of mammals, of which 12 bats, all protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network.

International Bat Night:
The initiative to celebrate the event is led by the Secretariat of EUROBATS – the Agreement on the Conservation of European Bat Species. Celebrated for the first time in 1990 in France and Poland, today the European Bat Night is organized in more than 30 countries, including Bulgaria. In 2012, the United States, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Lebanon joined the event for the first time. With this, the Bat Night became an international event going beyond the borders of the "Old Continent", which aims to introduce people to the unique life and the great importance of one of the most interesting animals on the planet - bats. Western countries usually celebrate the Bat Night on the last weekend of August, but in Bulgaria we are all still on vacation. That is why we are waiting for students to start school and after September 15 the Bat Night information campaign is launched.


Green Balkans is a member of the BatLife Europe international organization, with the support of KFFOE (Austrian Coordination Center for Bat Conservation and Research).


The event is part of the Green Balkans campaign to mark the International Bat Night, which is held within the "Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons" project.




 
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