Reka Mesta

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code BG0001021)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since December 2007
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Administrative region: Yugozapaden (BG41)
  • Surface area: 194 km2 (19401.68 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Alpine biogeographical region
  • It protects 33 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 32 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (33)
Species group Number
Amphibians 2
Fishes 3
Invertebrates 9
Mammals 16
Reptiles 3

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3260 Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation 149.798
3270 Rivers with muddy banks with Chenopodion rubri pp and Bidention pp vegetation 0.32043
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 12.62
5210 Arborescent matorral with Juniperus spp 821.27
6110 Rupicolous calcareous or basophilic grasslands of the Alysso-Sedion albi 7.25
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 1509.07
6220 Pseudo-steppe with grasses and annuals of the Thero-Brachypodietea 653.15
6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels 19.67
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) 38.78
6520 Mountain hay meadows 23.36
7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs 1.56
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 16.67
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 1.87
8230 Siliceous rock with pioneer vegetation of the Sedo-Scleranthion or of the Sedo albi-Veronicion dillenii 91.3
8310 Caves not open to the public 0
9110 Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests 44.28
9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests 1921.77
9170 Galio-Carpinetum oak-hornbeam forests 3711.37
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 19.17
91D0 Bog woodland 1.34
91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) 7.14
9260 Castanea sativa woods 0.52
9270 Hellenic beech forests with Abies borisii-regis 7.68
92C0 Platanus orientalis and Liquidambar orientalis woods (Platanion orientalis) 1.49
9410 Acidophilous Picea forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccinio-Piceetea) 61.38
9530 (Sub-) Mediterranean pine forests with endemic black pines 175.1
91M0 Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak –sessile oak forests 128.71
91W0 Moesian beech forests 63.56
91AA Eastern white oak woods 49.8623
91BA Moesian silver fir forests 35.42
91CA Rhodopide and Balkan Range Scots pine forests 713.32
95A0 High oro-Mediterranean pine forests 388.52

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) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
December 2007
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
December 2008
Date of Standard data form update December 2018

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