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;

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Busy with visitors

This first pic shows Jerry with our colleagues from the BSPB in Svishtov, Emil, Beth, Mira and Svilen and also Beth's affianced Larry. They came to catch up on the Red-footed Falcon Bird Box project that we are helping out with locally and for a good old natter too, looking forward to seeing them again soon.

The second motley crew also pictured with Jerry are our visitors from London, Lynette, Nikki, Steve, Dan and Gus. Splendid bunch of humans who brightened our lives for an all too brief while. Gus is the spawn of my friend Fred but we won't hold that against him. This group very kindly made a donation to 3 of our projects, 'Waste Away Days', 'Bird Box Builders' and 'Watch this Space'.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hello all, we had a very sucessful day yesterday in Silistra, presenting the proposals for the Bulgarian Society for the protection of Birds' expansion of their Red-footed Falcon nest box building programme. The Silistra Tourist Info Office kindly allowed us to use their premises and projector to share the information with a group of students and their tutor. Ten people signed up to volunteer for the project which will begin in September and run, hopefully, for the next 3 or 4 years. Emil Todorov who coordinates the entire project from the BSPB offices in Svishtov is visiting us today for an update. We've also enlisted the help of two local builders who will assist in the construction of the boxes. For more info please visit

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Northeast Bulgaria Registers Record Heat Wave

The Danube city of Silistra registered at 12 pm Sunday a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, the local meteorology station reports.

The weather people forecast even higher afternoon temperatures that might hit new records.

The temperature measured in Silistra Sunday is the maximum for this day in over 100 years. The absolute June record was on June 26, 2007 - 39,6 degrees Celsius, while the absolute low has been on June 4, 1950 - 5,5 degrees Celsius.

In the other northern Danube city, Ruse, the temperature has reached 38,5 degrees Celsius, measured in the shade.
Sofia News Agency

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Prize giving..

Yesterday we returned to Ivan Vasov school to visit the children who earlier this month participated in our 'Waste Away' rubbish collection day.

We had set the children a writing competition and we were there to announce the winners.Everyone received a gift and a certificate thanking them for their help.

All the entries were very good and runner up prizes were given for the best essays.
It was a very difficult job to pick a winner.
First prize went to Desislava Ivanova as we felt her words described the day perfectly.


My name is Desislava. Last week me and my class, we were invited by Jerry and Mike to visit The Srebarna Nature Reserve. They are from England and the moved in Bulgaria a few years ago. They really like the nature here .The whole class accompanied by the class teacher went together to The Srebarna Nature Reserve. It’s located near my town. It’s very famous for the birds that can be watched there. The ones that attract the attention most are the pelicans and the swans. For example the largest pelican can be seen here. It has curly feathers, grey legs and greyish-white plumage . It has a red lower mandible . Тhe Mute swan that can be found here is the largest member of one of the swan family. That bird is so beautiful. The feathers are totally white. It’s a very calm bird and people enjoy watching it. The nature was just so indescribable .
What we went for was to help the English family to clean up a region from the garbage. We were glad to do that, because we all realized the pollution it caused. We were having co much fun collecting the garbage. I never new we could have such a great time doing something good for our land. In the end we had collected 30 bags of plastic waste. We were really proud of ourselves.
And of course after every well done job, there is an award. The nice English family had prepared for us croissants and refreshing juices.
It was one of my best days . Srebarna is such a unique place. I’m glad I visited it with my friends, I’m happy for the time I spent there and that we did such a great job . I hope someday we are going to visit Jerry and Mike again and I truly believe that wasn’t our last meeting.

The students were such a great group and we would like to thank them all once again for all their help and enthusiasm.

We will indeed be inviting them back in the Autumn for another 'Waste Away'!