Wildlife of Bulgaria
Wildlife and wildlife watching in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Biological Diversity – Enclopedic coverage including:
- Freshwater Fish of Bulgaria
- Fish of the Bulgarian Coastal Waters
- Bulgaria’s Amphibians and Reptiles
- The Small Mammals (Insectivora, Lagomorpha, Rodentia) of Bulgaria
- The Bats of Bulgaria
- Large Mammals (Macromammalia) of Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a predominantly mountainous country with good populations of wolves and bears. The lynx has been exterminated at the beginning of 1940s, but is recently recovering naturally from Serbia, through the west Bulgarian border. The golden jackal has populated almost the whole country in lower altitudes, near water sources.
Bulgaria is a great place for nature photography. It is very beautiful country and one of the top places in Europe when ranked by biodiversity. It is in the second in plant diversity in Europe (after the much larger Spain), with nearly 4000 species of complex plant life, 400 of which being Balkan or Bulgarian endemics. The country is inhabited by nearly 415 species of birds, 19 species of amphibians, 37 species of reptiles, 110 species of mammals, 214 species of butterflies and 68 species of dragonflies
700 km of mountains along the Balkan Mountain Range, a 380 km coastline and more than 2.000 caves are only a few of the natural superlatives Bulgaria has on offer. The country makes up for its rather small size with an outstanding biodiversity and a superb variety of habitats.
Green Balkans – lots of information here
Green Balkans is a leading organization in the field of conservation of rare species and habitats in Bulgaria. The Organization was established in 1988 being Bulgaria’s oldest nature conservation NGO. For its almost 20 years’ existence, Green Balkans has won recognition from international and national institutions, authorities, and donors as a welcome partner and a highly reputable and competent organization. This is proven by the public confidence in the Organization and its almost 4,500 Bulgarian and foreign members. Thanks to Green Balkans’ hundreds of volunteers and experts, as well as the international and national support, the Society achieved significant results in the preservation of Bulgaria’s unique natural heritage.