Yellow water lily returns to biggest Danube island in Bulgaria
The marshes of Persin (Belene) island were restored four years ago. The return of the protected Yellow water lily will allow the species to re-establish itself in the wetlands of the park. In the past, the island of Persin hosted one of the biggest water lily colonies in the country, but the plant disappeared from the island because of the destruction of its wetlands.
Besides being beautiful flowers, water lilies play many useful roles in nature. A variety of rare and endangered species live off them. For example, many birds nest on their leaves on the water surface and fish hide below them.
Four more plant species are being restored in Persin Nature Park, including White water lilies.
The work is financed by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union under a project carried out by WWF in partnership with the Executive Agency of Forestry. The project aims to protect and restore 11 habitat types in 10 of Bulgaria’s nature parks. The restoration of water lilies is carried out under the supervision of the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water, Rousse, and with the approval of the Ministry of Environment and Water.