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03/12/2019 Measures taken in the National Park due to the African swine fever presence

With an Order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, within the affected from the disease African swine fever areas (subarea A) has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease.

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11/11/2019 National student competition "Ambassadors for Health"

National student competition "Ambassadors for Health" for projects, aimed at the restriction of smoking, alcohol abuse, healthy eating, and exercising.

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25/10/2019 Park employees and children from the SOS Children's Villages set up bird feeders

The event was part of a donation campaign by Raiffeisenbank for placing feeders and birdhouses in schools and kindergartens within the Central Balkan Biosphere reserve.

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11/10/2019 The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition.

The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition with the theme "I love the Nature in four seasons".

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Visiting the Park, please abide by the following warnings:

·   Avoid hiking alone. Always travel in a group and listen to your leader’s/guide’s instructions.
·   Adhere to the markings/sign posts. Do not take unnecessary shortcuts, especially in inclement weather. Do not move too quickly—you may become exhausted and lose your bearings.
·  In an emergency, immediately seek help from the mountain rescue service or Park Directorate personnel operating in the area.
·  When hiking on the mountain, observe the general rules for mountain hiking conditions approved by the Bulgarian Tourism Union and the Mountain Rescue Service. Please obey all instructions from Park rangers and observe rules and regulations.
·   Use lightweight, synthetic, weatherproof clothing. Always carry at least one dry set of clothing.
·   Always carry drinking water and high-energy bars. Bandages are also good to have on hand.
·   In a thunderstorm, do not take cover under large single trees or in rock crevasses, avoid moving along ridges or sharp protruding parts of the mountain, and do not carry large metal objects or equipment.
·   Carefully consider how much equipment you can safely carry, the time it takes to hike a trail, and how much information you actually have of the area.
·   Do not overdo by undertaking additional, unplanned treks.
·   In winter, use snowshoes or skis whenever possible.
·   In winter, hiking through unmarked routes through the forest may be far more dangerous than hiking in the treeless areas.
·   Keep an eye out for avalanches. In winter, always consult the Mountain Rescue Service before choosing a route.
·   Avoid moving or staying for extended periods of time in the high-mountain zone (at altitudes over 2,000 meters).
·   Use sunglasses and sun block.
·   Gather only those mushrooms and wild fruits that you recognize! Many species of plants growing in the Park are poisonous.
·   If an insect or snake bites you, drink plenty of fluids, apply a cold compress to the affected area, and seek medical help.
·   Build campfires at designated areas only. When leaving the site, extinguish the fire completely and clean up your debris.
·   Use of firearms or fireworks in the Park is strictly forbidden.
·   Burning bushes and grass to clear pastures is strictly forbidden.
·   In the event of a possible forest fire, immediately notify Park personnel or nearest chalet keeper.
·   Do not attempt to handle large fires yourself—this is extremely dangerous. If you decide to assist Park personnel, follow their instructions.
·   We appreciate any and all information about Park violations. Your anonymity will be guaranteed.
·   If you do observe a violation, do not attempt to handle the perpetrator on your own. Immediately contact Park personnel.
Phone number for making alerts and complaints: +35966801277
(week days from 8:00 to 16:30)
+359886090658
(in non-working hours)
or е-mail address:
office@centralbalkan.bg