|Town/Region||Vratca , Pernik , Sofia , Montana|
|Date||3 May 2005|
Republic of Bulgaria - the project area covers four districts in north-west Bulgaria: Sofia City, Pernik, Montana and Vratca which altogether cover about 20% of the country’s territory.
All birds of prey and owls in Bulgaria are protected by the Biodiversity Conservation Act. However, in the last 3-4 years a tendency towards increasing number of raptors being shot annually is observed. Despite the legal base already set into force, the implementation is weak or even missing, and thousands of raptors are killed annually.
The most affected species are the most common ones: Common Buzzard, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Rough-legged Buzzard, harriers. Shooting occurs mainly trough the hunting season. That is why many of the birds are wintering and migrating ones coming from other parts of Europe.
However, there are cases of shot raptors belonging to species which are rare and/or have restricted distribution. These include: Golden Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Griffon Vulture, Eagle Owl.
During the last few years it became popular to exhibit stuffed birds in restaurants, pubs etc. This practice turns into a frightening kind of “fashion”, and is now widely distributed. Having in mind the increasing development of the tourism infrastructure in Bulgaria, it is presumed that the problem will multiply.
According to the Hunting Act (2000), all taxidermists must be registered and controlled. Unfortunately this has not been implemented until now.
The aims of the present proposal are as follows:
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