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Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a national photo contest under the title "Me and the Balkans".

Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a national photo contest

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The Bear, known or not?

This topic was discussed with the children from the Hristo G. Danov elementary school in the town of Klisura. The topic is part of the 2024 Central Balkan National Park educational program.

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A Central Balkan National Park Directorate expert visited the children of the fine arts school at the Razvitie - 1870 community centre of the town of Sevlievo.

Fifteen children of different ages actively participated in discussions about the importance of plants in nature and rules of behavior when visiting and staying in protected areas.

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On January 30, Park Directorate employees visited the Community Support center in the town of Karlovo, a social service for children and families at risk.

There they demonstrated equipment with which the Park raingers and the Park Directorate use in their daily official duties and tasks for the protection and preservation of biological diversity on the territory of the Cеntral 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.