Zapadna Stara planina i Predbalkan

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code BG0001040)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since October 2007
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Administrative region: Severozapaden (BG31), Yugozapaden (BG41)
  • Surface area: 2198 km2 (219753.25 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Alpine and Continental biogeographical regions
  • It protects 55 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 40 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (55)
Species group Number
Amphibians 3
Fishes 7
Flowering Plants 3
Invertebrates 17
Mammals 19
Mosses & Liverworts 3
Reptiles 3

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3140 Hard oligo-mesotrophic waters with benthic vegetation of Chara spp 0.023379
3150 Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition -type vegetation 2.49028
3260 Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation 10.58
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 5521.55
4070 Bushes with Pinus mugo and Rhododendron hirsutum (Mugo-Rhododendretum hirsuti) 4.97
5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands 49.85
6110 Rupicolous calcareous or basophilic grasslands of the Alysso-Sedion albi 146.02
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 11579.1
6230 Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe) 2553.74
6240 Sub-Pannonic steppic grasslands 2458.13
6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae) 47.63
6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels 807.63
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) 32.01
6520 Mountain hay meadows 196.7
7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs 31.39
7220 Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) 1.33
8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani) 190.35
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 903.87
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 460.24
8230 Siliceous rock with pioneer vegetation of the Sedo-Scleranthion or of the Sedo albi-Veronicion dillenii 145.41
8310 Caves not open to the public 0
9110 Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests 857.39
9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests 20294
9150 Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion 3086.14
9170 Galio-Carpinetum oak-hornbeam forests 9720.55
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 2068.78
91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) 26.82
91G0 Pannonic woods with Quercus petraea and Carpinus betulus 12990
91H0 Pannonian woods with Quercus pubescens 428.33
9260 Castanea sativa woods 96.6914
9410 Acidophilous Picea forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccinio-Piceetea) 247.73
9530 (Sub-) Mediterranean pine forests with endemic black pines 46.4
40A0 Subcontinental peri-Pannonic scrub 0.1
62A0 Eastern sub-mediteranean dry grasslands (Scorzoneratalia villosae) 475.87
91M0 Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak –sessile oak forests 5314.47
62D0 Oro-Moesian acidophilous grasslands 804.2
91W0 Moesian beech forests 12547.1
91Z0 Moesian silver lime woods 127.09
91BA Moesian silver fir forests 175.803
91CA Rhodopide and Balkan Range Scots pine forests 5.97728

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)
October 2007
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
December 2008
Date of Standard data form update December 2018

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