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09/06/2021 boatin

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07/06/2021 new

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07/06/2021 Whithout agreements for movement of a motor vehicles on the 13th of June

Due to a mountain running and cycling competition "Balkan Run" thet will take place in the park section Kalofer of Central Balkan National Park, the Park Directorate will not agree movement of a motor vehicles on the roads Kalofer - Panitsite - peak Botev and Tabite - Pirovi livadi - Botev peak on the day of the competition.

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02/06/2021 June 5

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27/05/2021 Order of the Director of Central Balkan National Park for camping in the area of Ray chalet

By order of the Director of Central Balkan National Park up to 25 tents are allowed for camping in the area of Ray chalet, on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park.

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21/05/2021 24 May 2021 European Day of Parks

The Day of Parks takes place annually on the 24th of May, which is the day when the first of nine European National Parks was created in Sweden.

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Biodiversity Day 2021 is being celebrated under the slogan: "We're part of the solution for nature".

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14/05/2021 A Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants in the Central Balkan National Park has been prepared

The full text of the Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants for 2021 in Bulgarian can be found here. All interested persons and organizations may submit written proposals and objections to the draft Plan by 14.06.2021, incl.

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12/05/2021 Attention! Procedure for random allocation of vacant pastures

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

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12/04/2021 The Central Balkan National Park Directorate will mark the borders of the managed protected territories

The marking represents two horizontal stripes - white and red. It is placed to be visible when entering the protected area.

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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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      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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