A Great Bustard was shot at Durankulak Lake


One of the rarest birds in the world, a Great Bustard, was shot by poachers at Durankulak Lake.   This morning, 19 Jan. 2012, The BSPB field team of the project “Safe Grounds for Redbreasts” discovered a shot bird of the species Great Bustard ( Otis tarda ). The bird had settled for the winter in the region of the coastal lakes of Shabla and Durankulak, where it was observed several times since 23 December 2011. The Great Bustard is an exceptionally rare species, included in the World Red List and absolutely prohibited to hunt. The species has stopped...

Durankulak Revisited


Once again this year Scottish ornithologist and learning expert Brian Morrell from WWT visited the primary school in the village of Durankulak. For the 8 th successive year his visit and the greetings from the school children of Caerlaverock were accepted with great joy. Brian Morrell and Dessislava Parvanova – education officer for the BSPB Safe Ground for Redbreasts project – discussed with the children the results of last year’s tagging and tracking of Red-breasted geese and shared their expectations about the research on this emblematic for the region...

Outdoor school in Shabla


Last week, on January 4 th and 5 th 2012, an outdoor school was organized within the “Safe Grounds for Redbreasts” project together with the Green Education Centre in the town of Shabla. Fifteen participants,  4 th to 6 th grade, from the Kavarna primary school ,,Jordan Jovkov” took part in the programme. The education officer of the project and the team of the Green Education Centre presented to the children the typical for the area wildfowl and habitats. The school children also had the opportunity to see the typical bird species and habitats around the...

A marked Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) was observed in Dobrudzha


On 6 th January 2012 a BSPB field team observed a Greater White-fronted Goose ( Anser albifrons ) with a collar band in the region of Durankulak Lake. The special plastic collar was light-green, with the signs E35. The goose was grazing together with 585 more Greater White-fronted and 6 Red-breasted geese (Branta ruficollis ) in a field with winter wheat with coordinates  43°43'32.24"N, 28°32'46.72"E. The data are submitted to the Bulgarian Ringing Center at The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which coordinates the activities of bird marking in the country.  ...

A White-fronted Goose caught at Tyulenovo last January was found in Hungary


Last January a joint WWT and BSPB team made the first successful goose catch in Bulgaria using canon nets. One of the Greater White-fronted Geese ( Anser albifrons ) that were caught in the fields near the village of Tyulenovo, was found this November in Hungary. The goose with a neck band with the letter code “BAB” was observed on 15 th November 2011 in the Tomorkeny part of the wetland complex “Nagy Seg To Csaj-to”, in the Csongrad region on Hungary (southeastern part). The goose was a young female caught by the project field team and neck-banded as part of...



Dessi Parvanova, education officer of the BSPB “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” project, presented the organization at this year’s national competition in key competence in nature sciences in the town of Targovishte. The teachers and education inspectors that took part in the event showed great interest in BSPB’s activities and education materials. The competition itself brought forward new ideas about how BSPB could be involved in such events in the future.