Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB)

BirdLife Partner


Founded in: 1988
Members: 1200
Staff: 40
Address: Visiting: Yavorov complex, bl. 71, vh. 4, ap.1, Postal: PO Box 50, Sofia, BG, BG-Sofia 1111
Tel/Fax: Tel. +359 2 9799 500 ; Fax +359 2 9799 501
Email: bspb_hq@bspb.org
Web: www.bspb.org

Mission of the organisation

To work for the protection of birds, their habitats and sites and thus contribute to the conservation of biological diversity and the well-being of people.

Key Activities

  • Field conservation work - implementation of direct 'in situ' conservation measures - Eastern Rhodopi (focusing on: Vultures, Birds of Prey);Poda Lagoon (focusing on: management of the protected area:
  • Wetland Bird Diversity, Migration Stop-over, Education programmes with the schools in the city of Burgas, Eco-tourism development);
  • Yatata Protected Area (management of the PA, raising awareness in the local community, grazing management, Eco-tourism development);
  • Sakar Mountains region (Imperial Eagle protection, development and implementation of a National Species Action Plan), etc.
  • Advocacy and legal advisory (work on drafting and consultation of legislation, contribution to national strategies and strategic planning -Biological Diversity, Forest Management,Water Management, Hunting; Development and contribution to Managmentt Plans of protected areas; EU Enlargement issues and impact on nature protection; Participation in EIA process)
  • Education and public awareness campaigning: publications, postcard campaigns, working with the media; In 2000 BSPB organised a National Youth Competition for Essays titled "Wild Nature as a Part of My Living Environment" - over 1200 participants (aged 14-20) - broad media coverage.

Recent Achievements

  • Were asked by the Bulgarian Ministry for Water and the Environment to develop a new Act for the Conservation of Biodiversity
  • Opened two new Conservation and Information Centres, Eastern Rhodopi and Poda
  • Carried out a successful postcard lobbying campaign to encourage MPs to preserve the boundaries at three National Parks. 17,000 people signed and sent cards and BSPB was widely recognised as the leading conservation organisation over this issue
  • Conservation efforts at the BSPB at the Eastern Rhodopi nature conservation centre resulted in the Bulgarian population of Griffon Vultures reaching the highest number this century
  • More than 8,000 visitors, mainly from schools and universities, visited BSPB's Poda nature conservation centre to hear about nature conservation and observe Spoonbills and other birds
  • Carried out a successful postcard lobbying campaign to encourage MPs to preserve the boundaries at three National Parks. 17,000 people signed and sent cards and BSPB was widely recognised as the leading conservation organisation over this issue.
  • Conservation efforts at the BSPB at the Eastern Rhodopi nature conservation centre resulted in the Bulgarian population of Griffon Vultures reaching the highest number this century
  • More than 8,000 visitors, mainly from schools and universities, visited BSPB's Poda nature conservation centre to hear about nature conservation and observe Spoonbills and other birds