About the reserve
The first organized guided tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park 2022 was held
The first for 2022 organized walking tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan – part of a serial site of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, took place on Saturday, 25th of June.Read more >>
The participants in the guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park have been selected
The participants in the first two free guided tours in the beech forests, part of a serial site from the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, organized by the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, have been selected.Read more >>
The Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a schedule for conducting a procedure for random distribution of vacant pasture areas on the territory of the National Park.Read more >>
Following the initiative of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate to organize free visits with guides to beech forests, part of a serial site of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, four more visits are planned in 2022 – two of them at the beginning of the summer and two at the end. They will be of varying difficulty – low, medium and high. The aim is to enable a wider range of people to reach pieces of Bulgarian nature that have received international recognition.Read more >>
The national student competition "Ambassadors of Health" is held in support of the lifestyle of young people. It is the prevention of unhealthy diet, low physical activity, alcohol abuse and smoking. The initiative is organized by the Ministry of Health.Read more >>
Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.Read more >>
The educational program "The Park as a Classroom" of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate has been renewed after a two-year break due to the pandemic situation in the country. It relies on the long-term cooperation between the park directorate and the pedagogical college from the park region. The aim is to contribute to the diversification of environmental education in the classroom and extracurricular activities of schools.Read more >>
Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP 2022 was announced.Read more >>
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".Read more >>
Sokolna Reserve was designated on July 11, 1979. With an area of 1,250 hectares, it occupies altitudes between 730 and 1,770 meters, comprising part of the Triglav mountain massif, the Sokolna River valley, and the Kyui Dere River watershed. It is located in part on the villages of Skobelevo and Asen’s lands, both part of the Pavel Banya Municipality. Sokolna Reserve is a natural botanical garden. Its massive, vertical limestone and silicate cliffs flank the valley of the Sokolna River–creating the perfect setting for incredible plant diversity. The Reserve is home to around 600 species of higher plants, 40 of which are rare and endangered, including Balkan cowslip, Kostov’s stonecrop, Balkan edelweiss, and Bulgarian seseli.
The forests are mostly beech, oak, hornbeam, flowering ash, and sycamore. There are remarkable concentrations of savin juniper and lilac. Vertebrate species include chamois, bears, owls, black and white-backed woodpeckers, golden eagles, hunting and peregrine falcons, large and small hawks, and kestrel.