EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella visited giant graffiti “Save the Raptors” made by the BSPB


As part of his official visit to Bulgaria, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, visited on March 24 the unique 25-meter mural "Save the Imperial Eagle" painted on the facade of the 32 school in Sofia. The huge graffiti painting was made in the summer of 2012 by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) and graffiti artists 140ideas in partnership with 32 school "St. Kliment Ohridski ". The giant mural is part of the communication and educational activities within the project LIFE + "Conservation of...

20 Years of Flyway Conservation in Action


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the successful conclusion of the negotiation of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement ( AEWA ) in The Hague, the Netherlands in June 1995. Over the past twenty years AEWA has provided the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations across the African-Eurasian Flyway.  It has also served as an example for flyway cooperation around the world, proving itself to be an effective motor for collaborative conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds....

Wastewater discharged into the “Srebarna” Nature Reserve


After an alert to the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters - Ruse for pollution of the “Srebarna” Managed Reserve with domestic wastewater from the sewers of Srebarna village, the experts from RIEW Ruse carried out two consecutive inspections, which revealed the following: - The two pumping stations have "infiltration ponds" for absorbing wastewater in case of an accident in the regime of the pumps. From one of these "infiltration ponds" (CP №2) an open channel has been built that discharges wastewater into the lake. The Mayor of the village...

The requested extension of the hunting season can lead to serious damage to the population of globally threatened species such as the Red-breasted Goose


Yet another proposal to extend the hunting season was tabled in the 43rd National Assembly. Proposed amendment to the Hunting and Game Protection proposes to extend the season for hunting of wild ducks and geese by one month - until 28 February. The BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria and BBF sent their opinions to the institutions concerned in expressing their dismay and remit scientific data and arguments in favor of keeping the current length of the hunting season. Request tabled in Parliament is based on two main arguments - a) that the in neighboring countries of...