European Stork Village 2005 - Belozem (Bulgaria)
Belozem is a parish of 5,000 ihhabitants on the Maritsa plain near to Plovdivs in southern Bulgaria. Large tracts of its land are in areas flooded by the Maritsa, Bulgaria's largest inland river. Here conditions for white storks and many other species are still ideal. The 2005 European Stork Village is situated in the midst of extensively farmed wet meadows, pasture and rice fields. Within the district of Belozem, there are 700 hectares of rice fields used as feeding grounds by white stork. Over half of these have potential as Natura 2000 sites. In 2005, 23 pairs of white stork bred successfully in Belozem, rearing 59 young. Every year 14 pairs of storks set up home on the school building alone.
Nests on: houses, electricity poles
Stork festival: planned
Support measures: working to gain protected status for 5 potential Natura 2000 sites
Further details: fourteen pairs on the school
Partners: Green Balkans