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01/11/2022

50thYEARS OF THE WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION OF UNESCO

In 2022, the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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27/10/2022

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26/09/2022

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21/09/2022

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19/09/2022

Annual plan for the use of mushrooms and berries that are not from medicinal plants 2022 has been announced.

The Annual Plan for the use of mushrooms and berries that are not medicinal plants 2022 has been announced by Order of the Director of Central Balkan National Park.

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17/09/2022

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15/09/2022

The last tour dedicated to the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park as a World Heritage Site took place

​The last for 2022 organized walking tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan – part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, make more than 20 enthusiasts smiling on September 10th.

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15/09/2022

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05/09/2022

A walk in the mystical beech forests of Kozia Stena Reserve, Central Balkan National Park

​The penultimate for 2022 organized walking tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan – part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, took place on September 3rd.

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08/07/2022

The road town of Kalofer - Panitsite locality - Botev peak is closed for motor vehicle traffic for the purpose of tourism

By order of the Director of the Central Balkans National Park Directorate, a restricted access road, according to the Management Plan of the national park, Kalofer - Panitsike - Botev peak is closed to motor vehicle traffic for the purpose of touris

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     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 Rivercreating 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.
 

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