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07/04/2021 Forest Week in Bulgaria

Since 1925, the entire first week of April has been celebrated as Forest Week. For 2021 it is from 5 to 11 April and is held under the motto "The forest is health".

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05/04/2021 Monitoring of Family Gliridae in Central Balkan National Park

Experts of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate and the Natural History Museum - Cherni Osam village made 32 houses for dormice.

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21/07/2020 Central Balkan National Park Directorate has commissioned the repair of an existing road from Beklemeto locality to Dermenka

Rehabilitation activities are carried out within the Contract under the project "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in Central Balkan National Park", funded by the Operational Program "Environment 2014 - 2020".

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Krali Markova Dupka Cave


The great amount and intensity of the rainfall, the geological and relief characteristics are the reason for the intensive karst development in the Troyan Balkan. Besides the numerous hollows, whirlpools, potholes in the river valleys in Steneto reserve there are great variety of horizontal and vertical caves - various in size, technical difficulty and underground beauty. The unique rock bridge Krali Markova Hole is a cave in its last stage of its development when most of its limestone walls have been aeolated and “dissolved” in the water and such it became a passage cave, e.g. - rock bridge. In the words of local people inside the arch there is a small cave as well but it hasn’t been researched yet because the access is very difficult.
The rock bridge shelters different petrophilic birds, mammals, reptiles, spiders and insects. The peregrine falcon, the raven, the common buzzard, the black redstart, the eagle owl, the tawny owl, lots of bat species (the noctule, Leisler’s bat, Serotine, Savii’s bat, Daubenton’s bat, whiskered bat, barbastelle), dormice, lizards, etc.
Organizing of all kinds sport and alpine activities is prohibited because of the possible disturbance of the inhabitants of the rock bridge – moreover it is in the zone of the strict reserve Steneto in the Central Balkan National Park. For implementation of scientific research projects there it is necessary to be agreed with MoEW and the National Park Directorate in advance.

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