Due to a third identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the diseaseRead more >>
Due to the deterioration of the technical condition and the possible threat to the life and health of the visitors of the Central Balkan National Park the use of the observation tower in the area of Shalya Peak (part of the Tsarichina ecotrail) is temporarily suspended.Read more >>
Due to a second identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the diseaseRead more >>
With an Order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, within the affected from the disease African swine fever areas (subarea A) has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease.Read more >>
National student competition "Ambassadors for Health" for projects, aimed at the restriction of smoking, alcohol abuse, healthy eating, and exercising.Read more >>
The event was part of a donation campaign by Raiffeisenbank for placing feeders and birdhouses in schools and kindergartens within the Central Balkan Biosphere reserve.Read more >>
The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition with the theme "I love the Nature in four seasons".Read more >>
One hundred and sixty-six medicinal plant species have been identified in the Central Balkan National Park, representing three-fourths of all medicinal plants widely used in alternative medicine. Particularly common species include thyme, St. John’s wort, raspberry, wild strawberry, eyebright, common speedwell, cowslip, and mouse-ear hawkweed. Hazelbush, ramsons, common geranium, and woodruff-asperule flourish in wooded areas. Mullein, broad- and narrow-leaf plantain, nettle, milfoil, common tansy, and common wormwood are found in high mountain pastures and along trails, chalets, lodges, shelters, and other areas of increased human presence.
|Siberian juniper, black and cranberry are common species in the subalpine zone|
Endangered and Protected Species
The Bulgarian Red Data Book lists 22 species of medicinal plants in the Park. Of these, four are endangered in Bulgaria, while 18 are rare. Another 16 species are under special restrictions regarding management and use.
To ensure the sustainable use of medicinal plant resources for future generations, i.e., to keep them available for extraction without endangering their locations or depleting their stocks, certain rules and restrictions are enforced. Medicinal plants can be gathered for personal use under approved regulations and standards, while commercial extraction is only allowed within the Multifunctional Zone.