Pelican Lake Guesthouse Environmental Project Centre, Srebarna.

We live at the Pelican Lake Guesthouse & Environmental Project Centre Srebarna, adjacent to the Biosphere Reserve in North East Bulgaria. We provide regular updates on our project work and reports on activity on the reserve. We co-operate closely with a number of other conservation organisations to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife and the environment. Details of our current projects and info about Pelican Lake Guesthouse can be found here;

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Preserve our Pelican Reserve

The following is part of a press release we are sending out this week.

Experts are predicting catastrophic consequences for the Dalmatian pelican colony breeding site, the only of its kind in Bulgaria and for the greater Reserve as a whole if actions are not taken to ensure the ongoing and sustainable future of the Nature Reserve. Professor Nikola Mihov, pictured below, is the local representative of the Central Laboratory for General Ecology and he says, ‘Biosphere Reserve Srebarna due to its biological diversity is one of the most important natural reserves in Bulgaria and we have a duty to protect it for generations to come’.
In the past the reed beds which float upon the surface of the lake were harvested by the local population for use as insulation and for building materials but over time this practise has ceased and the old reeds are now left to degrade into the lake. Various action plans have been proposed and some partially implemented during the past 20 years but the situation has now reached a critical point. Professor Mihov told me, ‘The time for action is now, we must implement the proposals made in my recent report and failure to act now will have devastating results’.

His proposals include,

Constructing a new concrete and stone embankment on the Danube similar to those already in place, on less environmentally important stretches of the river, this will stop soil erosion during high tides.

The development of a new more suitable site for the pelican colony, protecting them from invasive predators, such as Wild Boar.

The removal of existing Dykes that are preventing the natural dispersal of sediments causing the Lake to choke.

The formation of an international steering group of interested parties to lobby government within Bulgaria and also the European Commission.

Whilst Nikola is eager to get the work underway he does recognise the importance of carefully thought out planning and feels strongly that the first and most important action to be taken is the formation of the steering committee to ensure that the plans are implemented safely and with as little impact on the inhabitants of the Reserve.

Please take the time to visit and sign our petition at;

Please contact us if you wish to receive a copy of the Mihov report in full, stating either 'WORD' or 'POWERPOINT' depending upon your preferred format.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Donation from

We had some great news this week as we've received a donation from that will cover the cost of a SATNAV/GPS device which will enable us to more easily find nesting boxes in the field.

We're currently monitoring a handful of boxes on behalf of our collegues at BSPB in Svishtov, I say 'monitoring' what I actually mean is that I spend the odd afternoon scrambling about on my hands and knees tearing lumps out of myself on the wild roses, nettles and Acacia trees in my usually unsuccessful attempts to locate the boxes.

Having GPS will mean that we can now accurately mark the position of these and the new boxes that we will be putting up next Spring, saving us time and skin along the way.

You can see from this pic how difficult they can be to locate :-)

Big thanks from all at Srebarna Birding to the good people at MYBG.