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Green Balkans Wildlife and Rescue Centre - Stara Zagora

Postby DANNIA » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:40 am

The wildlife centre is located on the outskirts of Stara Zagora not far from Homemax, the centre participates in education, protection, reintroduction and rehabilitation of Bulgaria's nature.

Visitors are welcome and there are various projects that you can get involved in.

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What to do if you find a distressed bird/mammal in Bulgaria.

Postby DANNIA » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:41 am

Helpful information to help us assist nature - from Green Balkans in Stara Zagora

When seeing a Stork in winter the best thing to do for is to just keep an eye on it as it is a lot more common than people think for storks to stay in Bulgaria all winter.

There are many reasons, it could be very young or very old or it could have found a good source of food nearby, in some of the lakes and dams they can find food all winter without problems. The weather has been very mild and there are also beetles and mice still available.

The key thing is whether the bird can fly, if it can and the weather gets too bad it may just pop over to Turkey and spend the rest of the winter there.

If you are in doubt or the bird is visibly injured etc then you can contact us at the Green Balkans Rescue Centre on 0886570053. (Hristina - she speaks English) and also you can email Darren Weeks at

Also your local ministry of environment and water should be able to help, if you check their website they will have a contact number for "Signals" or Green issues" Hope that helps. Please share this with all your friends

Information is also available on our website, and is translated below

WARNING !!! The rescue center does not have the capacity to work around the clock. Our professional team is made up of 5-6 persons in charge of the country. Calls after hours and on weekends are accepted on a voluntary basis. So we ask for your understanding and support, thank you.

The Rescue Center works with Protected species !!!

Before you take action, you should know the following:

Advice and contacts will depend on the species you have found:

Protected species

Game species

Farm animals

Dogs, cats

If it is a protected species listed in Annex № 3 and 4 of the Law on Biological Diversity:

In these cases you need to contact with the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water (RIEWs), the territory of which are, as a mediator can use 112 experts RIEWs assess the animal's condition. If you can not manage without intervention, it is left in place, otherwise you take for the treatment and care to the rescue center.

You can refer to:

Ministry of Environment and Water

Green Phone RIEWs the territory where you are;

For advice or assistance please contact and to:

Rescue center for wild animals "Green Balkans" Str., Stara Zagora:

Contact: 042 607741, 0886 570 053, 0885 228 486, 0896 662 726 e-mail:

Gea Chelonia Foundation (finding the turtles)

Ivo Ivanchev 0886913916 e-mail:

In the case of HUNTING SITES:

Competent authority: Regional Forest Directorate (RFD) or State Forestry (SFE) of the territory in which you are.

In the case of farmed animals:

Competent authority: Regional Directorate for Food Safety (RFSDs), whose territory you are.

In the case of a dog or cat:

You can search the municipal kennel, municipality or non-governmental organizations in the region, whose activity is directed to these animals.

Green phones these institutions you could get from 112 operators.

CASES WHERE THERE IS NO NEED OR dangerous anthropogenic interference:

This is very important.......Before taking action, please make sure that the animal you have found is actually in distress i.e. No visible physical disabilities or is in conditions endangering his life.

In many cases of animals found in urban environments do not actually need assistance and are subsequently taken from their environment, and in most cases a parent will be watching close by so do not be tempted to remove from the site until you are sure.

Of course it is better to seek a second opinion from RIEWs or Rescue Center Wildlife Green Balkans.

Caring for injured animals is a matter of ethical treatment of animals, not just people in the field of nature conservation.

What do we do when we find a young bird?

When finding a young bird out of a nest, it doesn't automatically mean they are troubled, a parent will be watching close by. After hatching the chicks began a long period of production. When the birds are observed two types of generation:

In the first type (songbirds - Starling, Tits, Greenfinch, Goldfinch) chicks hatch naked and are totally helpless. They can not obtain their own meals so they are fully reliant on their parents.

The second type of hatch-lings (Crow, Spotted nutcracker, Hooded Crow, Black-billed Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook and owls - Long-eared Owl, Scops Owl, Eagle Owl, Barn Owl) are a species which leave the nest early and adults feed them from the tree.

When it comes to rescuing baby birds in the first place you should be aware that not every case concerns distress type. Call the relevant competent authority for advice before taking any action unless an emergency response is required.

If you find:

Small songbird (Starlings, Tits, Green finch,Goldfinch) - look for the nest in the branches of the nearest tree, shrub or surrounding buildings. If you find it and it is accessible for you then return the bird.

Young crow bird (crow Spotted nutcracker, hoodie, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook jay) and young owl (Long-eared Owl, Scops owl, barn owl, etc.) fell to the ground place it on a high branch of a nearby tree, in the area in which you found it.

Young swallow fallen from the nest - find any available nest for you to put with the same species.

Swift, including adult- if the bird has no visible injuries lift it up and place it on a vertical surface. Hold in both your hands cupped together - so it is standing, and gently lift into the air several times. (The reason the bird can not fly from the ground is it has short legs and positioning of the wings. As these birds are rock types, they spend most of their time flying or landing on vertical surfaces where pushed easily. )

Bat on the ground - if it's daytime - store the bat in a quiet, dark place, preferably in a box. Release it in the evening, it remains high on a vertical surface - terrace, another building. (Bats, like Swift, are rock types, and can not depart from horizontal surfaces).

Little stork in in fluffy plumage ( :) ) probably it was pushed from the nest by the other storks. If the nest is a power pole, seek help from your local power company with help of the mayor of the village/town to be brought back aided back to the nest. (For older young stork this does not apply, since it is possible that others could fall from the nest, because of the stress of you approaching the nest)

Storks in the winter - often one or a few birds remain longer in Bulgaria in places where there is enough food - usually rivers and dams. If a site has sufficient stocks of food, it is possible for the birds to stay there longer and sometimes stay the winter.

What do we do if you find a small mammal?

If you find a little wild rabbit, deer or fox in the field or forest do not take it, it is not abandoned. This is common behavior for these species. Baby mammals watch while parents look for food.

What to do if you find a tortoise?

If it is found on the road or other busy place, move it a safe distance in the direction in which it is intended, and leave there. Tortoises are a protected species and should not be kept as pets.

Small and newly hatched turtles are equally able to survive alone as adults even though they look vulnerable. As a rule - do not take the turtle if you are not absolutely sure that it is in trouble - apparently wounded, found in the village or private property. If a person similar situation - alerting the competent authorities.

Finding the eggs - put them in a suitable size box in some soil from the place in which they are found. You do not have to rotate or turn, they must maintain their position.

WHEN you need to urgently help wild animals:

First watch out for your own safety - always wear gloves or materials at hand to protect yourself.

Wrap the animal in a quiet place in a carton covered with newspaper, old rags or grass and ample opportunity for access of air.

If the animal is still naked (no fur or feathers) put in a small box with a hot water bottle, but wrapped in cloth, so there is little to no direct contact with it causing a burn injury. This will simulate the warmth of the mother's body. Replace the bottle periodically and immediately notify the competent authorities.

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NB !! It is desirable before taking action to consult with the competent authorities.

Hope this helps, but if there are any questions, please contact Hristina or Darren with the contact details given. Thanks. :)

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Balkan Green Belt Photo Contest 2016

Postby DANNIA » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:43 am

The European Green Belt forms a 12.500 km long pan-European ecological corridor along the route of the former Iron Curtain from the Barents Sea in the north to the Mediterranean south of Europe, with an extraordinarily high level of biodiversity. The Balkan Green Belt is the southern part of the European Green Belt, running along 9 countries.

Participate in the photo contest!
The nature of the Balkan Green Belt is home to an astonishing variety of landscapes and creatures.
We invite all visitors and residents along the Balkan Green Belt to go on a journey of exploration and photograph the most beautiful motives and most impressive experiences.

Participation pays off!
The prizes are attractive and inspiring for all nature lovers. In addition the prize-winning pictures will be represented on and
Be part of the first Balkan Green Belt Photo Contest taking place in all of the nine countries along the Balkan Green Belt!

Who can take part?
Each person travelling along or visiting the Balkan Green Belt in Bulgaria.

What are the prizes?

First and second prize – a day in the Lesser Kestrel Release and Adaptation Module in the village of Levka, Sakar – an opportunity to take close-up pictures of the rare falcons both in the aviaries and in the vicinities of the Module.
Third and fourth prize – a day in the field (Sakar) together with Green Balkans’ staff, offering lots of opportunities to take pictures of the wildlife in the Bulgarian part of the Balkan Green Belt and participate in field activities.
Fifth prize – the fifth-place finisher will be given the opportunity to arrange an exhibition of his/her wildlife photographs in Green Balkans’ Demonstration and Information Visitor’s Center in the village of Levka, Sakar, as well as in the visitor’s section of Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Center in Stara Zagora.

When is the closing date?
30th June 2016

How can the photos be submitted?
The participation is free. Send your pictures to:

This is the jury
Lyubomir Andreev
Ivaylo Zafirov
Emil Enchev

The winners will be announced by the end of July 2016 on the website of Green Balkans NGO -

We are looking forward to your pictures!
Visit the link to download the PDF application form. ... 2016-p5812

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