Globally, bats provide different ecosystem services to agriculture and vineyards. In Bulgaria all of the bat species are insectivorous. Many of the preferred insects are pests, which make bats a natural regulator of their numbers.
Caves are one of the key shelters for bats in Bulgaria, but many of them are subject to vandalism. This has a negative impact on bats, because they are extremely sensitive animals and in case of disturbance they leave their shelters. During the winter bats are really helpless, because in Bulgaria they hibernate (they sleep through the winter). In this physiological condition their heart rate slows from over 400 to around 10 beats per minute and their body temperature drops to 0 – 10 °С. For this reason, if they are suddenly awakened, they could not fly and they would...
This year, too, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated International Bat Night on the territory of Sofia Zoo. The event took place on 10 October and young and old learned interesting facts about bats life, their association with COVID-19 and why they shouldn’t be afraid.
This year, too, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated the International Bat Night with the aim to protect bats and spread knowledge on their important role. The event took place on 6th September at the Eastern Rhodopes Nature Conservation Center in the town of Madzharovo. At the event we put an information stand, where everybody had the opportunity to ask their questions and to take pictures with thematic models, which help spread a good cause. The visitors were informed about the alternative shelters for bats – bat houses, and the chance to take part in placing them on the trees.