Strandja Nature Park
Author: Л. Иванова, 16.6 km From Zabernovo.
Strandja Nature Park is the largest protected area in Bulgaria, an area of 1161 sq. km. Its area covers the Bulgarian part of Strandja Mountain and its boundaries reach the east to the Black Sea and south to Turkey. Largely unique biodiversity in the park due to its location close to the Asian continent.
More than two thirds of the park is forested, and their average age is 30 years higher than the age of most forests in the country. In the old forests, oak from Strandja, Eastern oak, beech and oak east, found trees aged 500 years old. Forests themselves are valuable habitats.
In January 1995, to protect the unique nature of the Strandja and local traditions and livelihoods, created National Park, which later (1998) is categorized as "natural" under the Protected Areas Act, which regulates the categories protected areas, their purpose and mode of preservation and use, disclosure and governance.
Today throughout the Nature Park "Strandja" is included in the international ecological network Natura 2000, under the European Habitats Directive is formed a zone Strandja, and under the Directive on the Protection of Birds - two zones: Western Strandja where they occur Imperial Eagle , Black Kite, Saker, large olive warbler, white-fronted Shrike and others. and Strandja, which does have the black stork, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle and others.
Symbol of Park Strandja is periwinkle, which along with blueberry and Strandja Strandja wildly tree existed even during the Tertiary and is now extremely rare.
Culture and traditions of Strandja are very specific, clear example of this is dancing - dancing on live coals, which is believed to have been practiced since the Kings. With various festivals and fairs ndpyavaniya, locals managed to maintain their traditions and customs and to promote the region.
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