|Town/Region||Stara Planina Mountain|
|Date||26 May 2020|
Assess the effect of fire. In 2019, a large area of the Nature Park Stara planina was affected by fire with unknown effects on its local biodiversity. Thus, the main focus of the project is to check if the butterfly populations were affected by the fire, to inform competent institutions and to propose conservation measures.
Education and motivation of people. In the second part of project, workshops will be organized within three camps: scientific research camps "Crni vrh" and "Temska", with a tradition of 10years, as well as a recently established volunteer camp "Jerma". During the camps, volunteers and young researchers will have the opportunity to become familiar with field work methodology and with butterfly species of this area. Special emphasis will be on education about endangered and legally protected species and on the importance of habitat conservation. By collecting data using Biologer application (https://biologer.org/), volunteers will have opportunity to make their own contribution to the knowledge about species distribution in Serbia. Development of this database was funded by the Rufford Foundation (https://biologer.org/pages/about/development-supporters).
3. Gather more data. Although special emphasis is on species threaten by the fire and recorded in Serbia only on Stara planina, addition field observations of all species will be collected, and their distribution maps updated. As an example, more information about festoon butterflies (Zerynthia cerisy and Zerynthia polyxena) will be gathered on the territory of Nature Park Stara planina, within the unexplored UTM fields. This is a continuation of my own work on these two species and will be a valuable contribution to the knowledge about their habitats and distribution.
4. Promotional activities. Sharing promo materials with The Rufford Foundation logo will be carried out throughout the second phase of project when field activities are planned, but also during presentations at the Universities.
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