According to Bulgarian legislation, bats are protected species (included in Annex 3 of the Biodiversity Act). This means that killing, injuring, disturbing, catching or stuffing bats is prohibited.

More information about the laws that mention bats:

Protected species: Includes 12 bat species: Rhinolophus blasii, Rh. euryale, Rh. ferrumequinum, Rh. hipposideros, Rh. mehelyi, Barbastella barbastellus, Miniopterus schreibersii, Myotis bechsteinii, M. blythii, M. capaccinii, M. dasycneme, M. emarginatus and M. myotis

Date: since 21.05.1992

Link: shorturl.at/nHV28

Protected areas: About 40% of the caves, known as refuges of large bat colonies in Bulgaria, are included in protected areas

Date: since 11.11.1998

Link: http://e-ecodb.bas.bg/rdb/bg/vol2/4protected.html

Protected species: All bat species found in Bulgaria, excluding Myotis aurascens, Myotis alcathoe, Myotis daubentonii, Myotis dasycneme, Pipistrellus pygmaeus and Pipistrellus kuhlii

Year: since 2007

Link: https://www.iucnredlist.org/

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