The Strandja Nature Park Directorate hosts two exhibitions by the Green Balkans

Aug. 23, 2021
From the 19th to the 31st of August in the Information and Visitor Centre 'Primorska Strandzha' of the National Park 'Strandzha' in Ahtopol guests and residents of the seaside town will be able to enjoy two exhibitions by the Green Balkans.

"The Living Exhibition" is dedicated to the International European Green Belt Initiative. The exhibition presents life-size models and coloring of rare and protected bird species that are found in the Green Belt in Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. The models of the Lesser Kestrel, the Eastern Imperial Eagle, the Black Vulture, the Red-breasted Goose, and the Sandwich Tern are in real size, and coloring, and are hand-made author's sculptures. Only artificial materials were used for their production, without any living specimens being damaged. An information board tells curious features about the rare birds and their habitats. A key place in the exhibition is taken by the Lesser Kestrel, a rare bird species that is restored in Bulgaria by the Green Balkans within the EU LIFE Project.

European Green Belt - has been established that in the border areas of several countries falling on both sides of the so-called. 'Iron Curtain' from the recent past, there are huge areas with preserved nature and biodiversity. Due to limited access to these areas, strict controls, and often the geographical isolation of border areas, they have preserved key habitats, rare and protected species, and unique landscapes. These areas are united in the European Green Belt initiative. It forms a 12,500 km long Pan-European ecological corridor along the former Iron Curtain from the Barents Sea to the north, to the Adriatic and Black Seas in southeastern Europe. On the territory of the Green Belt falls a large part of the territory of our hosts - Strandzha Park.

The second part of the exhibition is the interactive installation on the problem of Black Sea waste pollution that consists of an information kiosk and two models of a Short-beaked common dolphin and rich information about the Black Sea and its inhabitants, but also about the global problem of waste pollution. Visitors will get acquainted with the species of dolphins found in the Black Sea, with the sounds they make, and with the alarming information about the degree of pollution with waste in wetlands.

On the first day of the opening, the exhibition attracted dozens of citizens who came to get acquainted with the problems of the Black Sea and the beautiful models of birds and dolphins. If you want to be a part of this nature conservation event, you can visit the Centre.