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NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

A

1.2 Site code

BG0002109

1.3 Site name

Vasilyovska planina

1.4 First Compilation date

2005-10

1.5 Update date

2015-07

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Ministry of Environment and Water, “National Nature Protection Service” Directorate
Address:  Sofia  22    Sofia    1000  Kn. Maria Luiza Blvd. 
Email:natura2000@moew.government.bg

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2007-12
National legal reference of SPA designationSite classified as SPA by Council of Ministers Decision No. 802/04.12.2007 (promulgated SG 107/2007).
Explanation(s):Site classified as SPA by Council of Ministers Decision No. 802/04.12.2007 (promulgated SG 107/2007). Issued designation order by the Minister of Environment and Water with prohibitions and restrictions on activities contradicting the conservation objectives of the site – Order No. RD – 529/26.05.2010 (promulgated SG 48/2010).

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:24.358333
Latitude:42.960000

2.2 Area [ha]

45472.7881

2.3 Marine area [%]

0.0000

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
BG31Severozapaden

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Alpine (32.00 %) Continental (68.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
BA085Accipiter gentilis    15  20   
BA086Accipiter nisus    10   
BA168Actitis hypoleucos     
BA229Alcedo atthis    10  12   
BA465Alectoris graeca graeca    12   
BA052Anas crecca      10   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos      292   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    10   
BA091Aquila chrysaetos     
BA028Ardea cinerea      23   
BA028Ardea cinerea    14   
BA059Aythya ferina       
BA061Aythya fuligula       
BA104Bonasa bonasia    20  35   
BA215Bubo bubo     
BA087Buteo buteo    15  25   
BA403Buteo rufinus     
BA224Caprimulgus europaeus    60  180   
BA031Ciconia ciconia     
BA030Ciconia nigra     
BA030Ciconia nigra          DD 
BA080Circaetus gallicus          DD 
BA080Circaetus gallicus     
BA122Crex crex    120  236   
BA036Cygnus olor      10   
BA239Dendrocopos leucotos     
BA238Dendrocopos medius    65  150   
BA429Dendrocopos syriacus    85  200   
BA236Dryocopus martius    20  30   
BA027Egretta alba       
BA026Egretta garzetta     
BA026Egretta garzetta    15   
BA379Emberiza hortulana    30  80   
BA096Falco tinnunculus    13   
BA442Ficedula semitorquata    25  60   
BA002Gavia arctica     
BA002Gavia arctica       
BA075Haliaeetus albicilla     
BA075Haliaeetus albicilla          DD 
BA338Lanius collurio    250  450   
BA339Lanius minor    15   
BA246Lullula arborea    120  150   
BA230Merops apiaster          DD 
BA230Merops apiaster    35  35   
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax     
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax     
BA094Pandion haliaetus     
BA020Pelecanus crispus       
BA072Pernis apivorus    10   
BA234Picus canus    25  30   
BA307Sylvia nisoria    70  80   
BA165Tringa ochropus     
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

Species

Population in the site

Motivation

Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
A247Alauda arvensis    73  73               
A218Athene noctua    18  18               
A363Carduelis chloris    170  170               
A207Columba oenas    10  10               
A347Corvus monedula    28  28               
A113Coturnix coturnix    60  60               
A269Erithacus rubecula    4325  4325               
A359Fringilla coelebs    11750  11750               
A244Galerida cristata    20  20               
A251Hirundo rustica    295  295               
A233Jynx torquilla    58  58               
A271Luscinia megarhynchos    175  175               
A383Miliaria calandra    170  170               
A214Otus scops    17  17               
A329Parus caeruleus    397  397               
A235Picus viridis    95  95               
A210Streptopelia turtur    73  73               
A311Sylvia atricapilla    1140  1140               
A283Turdus merula    3950  3950               
A285Turdus philomelos    1139  1139               
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N062.00
N082.00
N098.00
N1016.00
N125.00
N150.00
N1650.00
N173.00
N198.00
N214.00
N220.00
N232.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The site is located in northern Bulgaria, between the towns of Yablanitsa, Teteven and Troyan. It covers the Vasilyovska Mountain and almost coincides with its orographic limits. The area’s northern part includes Sopot reservoir. About half of the mountain is covered by forests – mainly broadleaved beech forests of Fagus sylvatica subsp. moesiaca. There are coniferous plantations at some places. The open areas occupy about 30% of the site’s total area, the biggest share being covered by meadows and farmlands.

4.2 Quality and importance

The proximity of Vasilyovska Mountain to the Central Balkan National park, as well as the sparse and peripheral population, are prerequisites for its rich biodiversity and preserved habitats. The site includes the valuable wet meadows near Vasilyov, Lesidren and Golyama Zhelezna, as well as a big part of the Vit river course, which forms a kind of corridor for the birds in this part of the Balkan Mountain. Its western part covers also a part of Lisets Mountain with its old beech forests and pastures – trophic habitats for a number of bird species. Sopot reservoir in the site’s northern part is an important roost and feeding place for a number of waterfowl and wetland birds during migration and in winter. It supports 108 breeding bird species, 13 of which are listed in the Red Data Book for Bulgaria (1985). Of the birds occurring there 41 species are of European conservation concern (SPEC) (BirdLife International, 2004), 1 of them being listed in category SPEC 1 as globally threatened, 13 in SPEC 2 and 27 in SPEC 3 as species threatened in Europe. The area provides suitable habitats for 26 species, included in Annex 2 of the Biodiversity Act, which need special conservation measures, of which 23 are listed also in Annex I of the Birds Directive. Vasilyovska mountain is a site of global importance for the conservation of the globally threatened Corncrake Crex crex. It is one of the most important sites in Bulgaria on a European Union scale for this species as well as for the Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus and the Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria. The area holds also representative populations of the Middle-spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius, the Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius, the European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and the Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LA03i
MA03o
LA04o
LA04i
LA04.03o
LA04.03i
LA05.01i
LA05.01o
LA05.02o
LA05.02i
LA07i
LA07o
LA08i
LA08o
MA10i
LA10.01o
LA10.01i
MBi
MBo
LB01i
LB01o
LB01.02o
LB01.02i
LB02.01o
LB02.01i
MB02.02i
MB02.02o
LB02.03i
LB02.03o
LB02.04o
LB02.04i
LB03i
LB03o
MC01.01o
MC01.01i
MC01.01.01o
MC01.01.01i
LD01.02o
LD01.02i
LD01.05o
LD01.05i
LD02.01o
LD02.01i
HD02.09i
ME01i
ME01o
LE01.03i
LE01.03o
LE02i
LE02o
LE02.01i
LE02.01o
LE02.02i
LE02.02o
ME03i
ME03.01i
ME03.01o
LE03.02i
LE03.03o
LE03.03i
LE04.01i
LE04.01o
LE05o
LE05i
LF01o
LF01i
LF02.03.01i
LF02.03.01o
LF03.01i
LF03.01o
LF03.02o
LF03.02i
LF03.02.01i
LF03.02.01o
LF03.02.02i
LF03.02.02o
MF03.02.03o
MF03.02.03i
LF03.02.09i
LF03.02.09o
LF04o
LF04i
LF04.01o
LG01i
LG01o
LG01.04o
LG01.04i
MG02o
MG02i
LG02.03o
LG02.03i
MG02.08o
MG02.08i
MG02.10o
MG02.10i
LG05i
LG05o
LJ01i
LJ01o
MJ02.01o
MJ02.01i
MJ02.01.01o
MJ02.01.01i
MJ02.05.02o
MJ02.05.02i
MJ02.10o
MJ02.10i
MJ02.12i
MJ02.12o
LK01.01o
LK01.01i
HK01.03i
HK01.03o
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LA01i
LA01o
LA03i
LA04o
LA04i
LA05.01i
LA05.01o
LA05.02i
LA05.02o
LA09i
LA09o
LD01.01o
LD01.01i
LD01.05i
LD01.05o
LE01.02i
LE01.02o
MF02.03o
MF02.03i
LF02.03.01i
LF02.03.01o
LG01.02i
LG01.02o
LG02.03o
LG02.03i
LG02.04o
LG02.04i
MG02.10o
MG02.10i

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.5 Documentation

Initial proposal and description of the site made by Ivailo Nikolov - Balkani Wildlife Society, 67 Tsanko Tserkovski St., 2nd floor, apt.3, Sofia 1421, Tel. (+359 2) 963 14 70, Fax (+359 2) 963 31 93, e-mail: balkani@bluelink.net . Data revised by a team of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (http://www.bas.bg). Documents: BDZP/BirdLife Balgariya. 2005. “Nacionalna banka za ornitologichna informacia 1988-2005”, Balgarsko Druzhestvo za zastita na pticite; Botev, B. and Tz. Peshev, (eds). 1985. Red Data Book of Republic Bulgaria. 2: Animals. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Science. (In Bulgarian.); Iankov, P. 2002.(red.). Svetovno zastrasheni vidove ptici v Bulgaria. Nacionalni planove za dejstvie za opazvaneto im. Chast 1. BDZP-MOSV, Prirodozashtitna poredica, Kn. 4, Sofia: 204-219.; Michev, T., C. Petrov, L. Profirov, P. Iankov, S. Gavrailov. 1989. Razprostranenie I prirodozashtiten status na skalnia orel Aquila chrisaetos chrisaetos (L.), 1758 v Bulgaria. – Izv. Muz. IU. Bulgaria, 15, 79-87.; MOSV. 2005. Arhiv na zastitenite teritorii v Balgaria. Baza danni (nepubl.); Petrov, .C 1997b. Beliat shturkel (Ciconia ciconia) v Bulgaria. Prirodozashtitna poredica, Kniga 2, BDZP, Plovdiv.; Petrov, C., P.Iankov, T. Michev, B. Milchev, L. Profirov. 1991. Razprostranenie, chislenost I merki za opazvane na chernia shturkel, Ciconia nigra (L.) v Bulgaria. – Izv. Muz. IU. Bulgaria, T. 17, 25-32.; Simeonov, S., T. Michev. 1985. Suvremenno razprostranenie I chislenost na buhala (Bubo bubo(L.) v Bulgaria. – Ekologia, 15, 60-65.; ***. 2005. District Development Strategy of Lovech District 2005 – 2015. Lovech. 94pp. (In Bulgarian); ***. 2004. Strategy of Tourism Development in Troyan Municipality for the period 2004 – 2007. Draft. (In Bulgarian); BirdLife International. 2000. Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, 695pp. Birdlife International. 2004. Birds in Europe: Population estimates, trends and conservation status. Cambridge, UK: Birdlife International (Birdlife Conservation Series No. 12).373pp.; BSPB/BirdLife International. 2005. World Bird Database – Important Birds Areas.Bulgaria. Cambridge. (unpublished); Guidelines for evaluation of protected zones according, which include habitats for birds to art.7, par.3, under the art.6 par.1.3 and 1.4 of the Biodiversity Act. 2005. (In Bulgarian.); Kostadinova, I., M. Mihailov, (comp.) 2002. Guide for NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria. BSPB nature conservation series No5. BSPB, Sofia, 80pp. (In Bulgarian.); Kostadinova, I. 2005. Application of C criteria for Identification of Important Bird Areas of European Union importance in Bulgaria. Preliminarily implementation and analysis of the gaps. – In: Petrova, A. (ed.), Current state of Bulgarian biodiversity – problems and perspectives. Pp. 533-548. Bulgarian Bioplatform, Sofia Kouzmanov, G., G. Stoyanov, R. Todorov. 1996. Sur la Biologie et la Protection de l’Aigle royal Aquila chrysaetos en Bulgarie. - In: Meyburg, B.-U. & R.D. Chancellor eds. 1994. Raptor Conservation Today, WWGBP/ The Pica Press, 505-515.; Michev, T., Tz. Petrov, L. Profirov. 1989. Status, breeding, distribution, numbers and conservation of the White Stork in Bulgaria MOEW. 1998. CORINE Biotopes Database of the sites of European Importance for the biodiversity. Bulgaria, MOSV (nepubl.); Osieck, E. 2000 Filling in the requirements of the EU Birds Directive: Lessons from the ‘Dutch Case’“. In: European IBA Workshop. 29 March - 2 April 2000, Brussels, Belgium. Proceedings. BirdLife International, 86-99; Waliczky, Z. 2000 “Important Bird Areas of European Union Importance: explanation of the EU Criteria applied in IBA 2000“ In: European IBA Workshop. 29 March - 2 April 2000, Brussels, Belgium. Proceedings. BirdLife International, 12-16
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5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
BG0099.91
BG030.02
BG060.07

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
BG06KRIVATSITE+0.01
BG03RUSHOVA CAVE+0.00
BG06ANOMIR+0.01
BG03LYASTOVITSATA CAVE+0.00
BG03MOROVITSA CAVE+0.01
BG06VALOGA+0.01
BG03KOMAN WATERFALL/0.00
BG06DRAGOVO PRISOE+0.00
BG03TOPLYA CAVE+0.00
BG06LISETS+0.01
BG03GLOZHENSKI WATERFALL+0.00
BG06USOYNATA+0.04

5.3 Site designation (optional)

The whole territory of Vasilyovksa Mountain is included in “Central Balkan” CORINE Site, which is designated in 1998 because of its European value for rare and threatened habitats, plant and animal species, including birds. However less than 1% of the site is under protection by the national nature conservation law. There are 7 protected areas and 5 nature monuments here designated for the protection of typical landscapes, waterfalls and caves. In 2005 Vasilyovska mountain was designated as Important Bird area by BirdLife International.

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water - Pleven; Danubean River Basin Directorate;Forestry Department - Borima, Etropole, Lesidren, Lukovit, Ribaritsa, Teteven, Troyan;
Address:
Email:

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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