Water lilies come back to Persin Nature Park in Bulgaria



Posted on 22 November 2011  | 
A team of WWF conservationists is working on the restoration of water lilies in the lakes on the island of Persin (Belene) in the Bulgarian stretch of the Lower Danube. The rare plants are being taken from the region of small Preslavets, a settlement close to Silistra in Bulgaria, and transferred to Persin Nature Park. Conservationists expect that with time the number of water lilies will begin to increase naturally.

Lakes on the island of Persin were restored three years ago. The return of the protected water lily will allow wildlife to find its place again in the wetlands of this popular nature 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 wetlands.

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.

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. 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.

Four more plant species will be restored in Persin Nature Park as part of the project.
The rare plants are being taken from the region of small Preslavets, a settlement close to Silistra in Bulgaria, and transferred to Persin Nature Park.
The rare plants are being taken from the region of small Preslavets, a settlement close to Silistra in Bulgaria, and transferred to Persin Nature Park.
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Conservationists expect that gradually the number of water lilies will begin to increase naturally.
Conservationists expect that with time the number of water lilies will begin to increase naturally.
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