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The second edition of the mini-course “Bats – biology, threats and conservation” begins

The second edition of the mini-course “Bats – biology, threats and conservation” begins

For the second time we have the pleasure to invite you to a mini-course with a focus on bats. 5 completely free and open lectures will be held, where various interesting aspects on small mammals will be discussed. If you are curious and want to know more about bats, how you can actually protect them or you are just searching for a new adventure, we invite you on 21 November at 6 PM to meet and introduce you to their secret world. Our lecturers are real professionals in bats and their habitat conservation, and also in the scientific and research...

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We celebrated the Bats Night at Sofia Zoo

We celebrated the Bats Night at Sofia Zoo

On 22.10.2022 we celebrated Bat Night at Sofia Zoo. The day was filled with laugh, smiles and lots of trivia about the only flying mammals. Young and old asked their questions and managed to find out more about the life of bats. The biggest attraction of the event was the game “Mysteries of the Browny Bat”, in which the most curious little nature lovers got involved.

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Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

And this autumn in the Sofia Zoo we will celebrate the Bat Night! A number of interesting features are associated with the life of bats, which are little known to people. They have an extremely important role in our lives. For example, all bats in Europe are insectivorous, and a large proportion of the insects they feed on are plant pests. Thus, bats help farmers and reduce the need to use insecticides. Did you know that your favorite cocoa is actually pollinated by bats? Their world is full of so many adventures, and to learn more about them, you will...

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Eastern Rhodopes’ Racing 2022

Eastern Rhodopes’ Racing 2022

For the second year, the ultramarathon “Eastern Rhodopes’ Racing” will be held. This is the first dog friendly competition in our country. Its second edition will be on 15.10.2022 (Saturday) amid the autumn magic of the wild Rhodopes. Marathoners will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and touch unique natural phenomena. In parallel with the running of the marathon, the guests and residents of the city will have the chance to learn more about the biodiversity in the Eastern Rhodopes, including the only flying mammals – the bats. After the incredible success of last year, this year we have prepared...

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International Bat Night at Devil’s Throat Cave

International Bat Night at Devil’s Throat Cave

On August 20 and 21, we thematically celebrated the International Bat Night in front of one of the most important bat shelters in the Balkans – the Devil’s Throat cave. In winter, it is home to about 40,000 bats, and in the summer some of them stay to raise their young. We were able to tell visitors more about the life of these interesting flying mammals, and we’ll use the funds collected from the donation stand for their conservation and improvement of their habitats.

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And this year successfully protected important bat shelters

And this year successfully protected important bat shelters

The 2022 summer conservation has been successfully completed and thanks to the volunteers who joined our initiative, we have been able to provide security for mother bats and their young. Important colonies in the territories of Kresna and Ognyanovo were visited. We managed to introduce tourists, locals and volunteers to this important period for bats and also to tell them interesting facts. 

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Guarding of important bat colonies

Guarding of important bat colonies

From 15th of may to 30th June is one of the most important periods of the female bat’s life. This is the moment when their young are born. Until the cubs grow up and become independent, they are completely dependent on their mothers. During this period they are very vulnerable, and their shelters are often vandalized. For this reason, the Science of Nature Foundation, together with volunteers, will again visit some of the most important bat shelters. The guarding will be held in the region of Kresna and Ognyanovo as the volunteers and all tourists met will be told about...

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Day of Natura 2000 and Bats

Day of Natura 2000 and Bats

On May 21 the team of Science for Nature celebrated the European Natura 2000 Day and Bats in the Sofia Zoo. The event was welcomed by young and old, who managed to ask their questions and to learn many interesting facts. The youngest ones took part in the game Mysteries of the Browny bat, through which they learned interesting facts about flying mammals. We thank the Sofia Zoo for their hospitality and assistance in organizing this event. We also thank all the visitors for making our day even sunnier and full of smiles.

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Asenovgrad hills

Asenovgrad hills

The “Life under one roof” project team took part in the Asenovgrad hills sports festival. The wild race was aimed at those who love mountain running and cycling and was a holiday for people who feel connected to the mountains and love to spend time in nature. On 07.05.2022 many local people and guests of the city managed to visit our information stand, where they got acquainted with the interesting life of bats and received information brochures with more useful information about flying mammals. The little curious ones took part in The Mysteries of the Brown Bat game, where they...

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Joint training with students from Charles University

Joint training with students from Charles University

The team of the Science for Nature Foundation welcomed students from Charles University, Czech Republic. On the 1st and 2nd of May we conducted a joint training with the students, and our team took part mainly in the training for bats – species diversity, biology, ecology, threats and conservation. The students learned about the projects “Life under one roof” and “Of bats and men” and the activities carried out on it. The students also conducted research in other Balkan countries – Northern Macedonia, Albania, Greece, etc.

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Bat Festival in the municipalities of Tundzha and Svilengrad

Bat Festival in the municipalities of Tundzha and Svilengrad

The “Life under one roof” project team participated in the two-day festival “Bat night”, which was held on 16 – 17.04.2022. The event was organized by “Clеver Solutions” Ltd.in the municipalities of Tundzha and Svilengrad and is part of the information activities on the projects “Habitat Sakar” and “Habitat Tundzha”. An exhibition of photographs by Science for Nature Association and herpetologist Georgi Popgeorgiev was opened during the festival. The theme of the exhibition was “To protect our common home”, which included photographs of the local beautiful nature, as well as interesting facts and threats to its wild inhabitants. The connection...

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