About the reserve

15/09/2020 This year's EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme is ‘Zero-emission mobility for all’

Central Balkan National Park will mark the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK with open days from 16 to 22 of September and an information stand in Markoteya City Park in Gabrovo.

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10/09/2020 Allowed quota for Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak 13.09.2020 (Monday) is reached​

According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vehicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

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27/08/2020 ​Preventive activities against fires in forest natural habitats start in Central Balkan National Park

The Park Directorate assigns the implementation of fire-fighting measures under activity №11 Preventive activities against fires in forest natural habitats, within the Project "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in the Central Balkan National Park".

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      Stara Reka (Old River) Reserve was set apart on March 19, 1981. With an area of 1,974.7 hectares, it preserves the natural scenery of some of the most picturesque Bulgarian rivers, comprising in full the watershed of the Stara Reka Rivers and its tributaries in the municipal lands of Karlovo. This Reserve is among the richest in rare plant species in Bulgaria, with over 45 listed in the Bulgarian Red Data Book. Another 20 species are endemic to Bulgaria, including Kerner’s thistle, Troyan campanula and Bulgarian betony. The forest contains thermophilic flowering ash and hornbeam coexisting with beech, fir, spruce, sycamore and Norway maple.


      Over 100 species of vertebrate fauna  have found sanctuary in this area. The Reserve is home to bears, wolves, weasels and wild cats, several predatory birds: the golden eagle, large and small hawks, honey buzzards, and barn owls, amphibians and reptiles- european tree frog, fire salamander, blind worm.




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