Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code BG0000495)
  • Under Birds Directive and Habitats Directive
  • Since March 2007
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Administrative region: Yugozapaden (BG41), Yuzhen tsentralen (BG42)
  • Surface area: 779 km2 (77927.16 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Alpine biogeographical region
  • It protects 58 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 24 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (58)
Species group Number
Amphibians 2
Birds 29
Fishes 1
Flowering Plants 1
Invertebrates 9
Mammals 12
Mosses & Liverworts 2
Reptiles 2

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the Isoeto-Nanojuncetea 86.17
3160 Natural dystrophic lakes and ponds 0.91
3260 Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation 2.42
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 8272.16
4070 Bushes with Pinus mugo and Rhododendron hirsutum (Mugo-Rhododendretum hirsuti) 15211
6150 Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands 3262.39
6230 Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe) 6940.02
6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae) 14.8062
6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels 65.65
6520 Mountain hay meadows 63.36
7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs 232.44
8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani) 4509.87
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 914.78
9110 Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests 62.18
9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests 562.91
9170 Galio-Carpinetum oak-hornbeam forests 433.17
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 4.95
91D0 Bog woodland 16.99
9270 Hellenic beech forests with Abies borisii-regis 13.28
9410 Acidophilous Picea forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccinio-Piceetea) 11029.6
62D0 Oro-Moesian acidophilous grasslands 2289.57
91BA Moesian silver fir forests 2071.13
91CA Rhodopide and Balkan Range Scots pine forests 6340.88
95A0 High oro-Mediterranean pine forests 5511.91

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Under Birds directive
  • Date classified as Special Protection Area (SPA)
March 2007
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
March 2007
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
December 2008
Date designated as Special Area of Conservation (SAC) March 2021
Date of Standard data form update November 2021

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Other resources

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Data download The Natura 2000 dataset is available from the European Environment Agency website
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