Author: Svilena Velcheva

One of the largest and most important nesting colonies of the great cormorants in our country has been completely destroyed. This is happening for the second time in the last 5-6 years in Durankulak Lake, has learned from the chairman of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) Ivaylo Ivanov. The ecological damages were established during the monitoring of waterfowl in the area of ​​the lake on May 6 this year. by a BSPB team. All trees where cormorants nest have been cut down and prepared for transport. “The situation is really tragic, because in early March, the colony was occupied by 180 pairs of large cormorants. One month later, hundreds of eggs in an advanced stage of incubation were destroyed during the cutting of the nesting trees, and small ones have already hatched, ”commented ornithologists.

This has been birds habitat for about 5-6 years. They moved here from the northern part of Durankulak Lake, Kartali marsh, where their nests were destroyed in the same way. The territory there is used as agricultural. It is said that there are serious appetites for urbanization in the current terrain.

Whether the cormorants will make a new colony in the region, no one knows, commented Ivaylo Ivanov. The nearest large cormorant nest is in the North, in the reserve along the Danube Delta. Nesting cormorants are also found in Varna Lake, next to Terem, but it is located about 200 km away.

The BSPB has contacted the competent institutions and hopes that the perpetrators will be identified and punished.

The Great Cormorant is not a legally protected species, but has the status of regulated use.

Translator: Valentina Vagge


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