Distribution and Assessment of the Nature Conservational Status of the Nature Habitat 91Z0 „Moesian Silver Lime Forests" in SCI „Svishtovska Gora" (BG0000576), Bulgaria

Violeta G. Dimitrova*

University of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Dendrology, 10 Kliment Ohridski Blvd. 1797 Sofia, BULGARIA
* Corresponding author: vilydi@abv.bg

Abstract. The protected zones or Site of community importance (SCI) are Natura 2000 areas which aim is to assure conditions for protection and survival of the most valuable and threatened species and habitats in Europe. Protected area BG0000576 „Svishtovska gora" is a part of Natura 2000 network in Bulgaria. It is declared mainly for the protection of habitat 91Z0 „Moesian silver lime forests" which is 5.7% from its area. The habitat includes forests with domination or co-domination of silver lime (Tilia tomentosa Moench.). In Bulgaria the silver lime forests are distributed mainly in Danube Hilly Plane and Northeast Bulgaria (Ludogorie). The main threats for this type of habitat are illegal cuttings, after the restitution of the forests. The aim of the present investigation is to assess the status of the habitat and to make a map of its location in the zone. The methodology for mapping and assessment of the nature conservation status of the natural habitats developed under the project: „Mapping and determining of the natural conservational status of the nature habitats and species - phase I" were used in the present research. As a result of the study the habitat distribution map (112.36 ha) was produced and its conservational status was assessed as unfavorable-unsatisfactory.

Key words: protected zone, SCI, natural habitat, mapping, assessment, state, Natura 2000.

Ecologia Balkanica, 2015, vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 13-19

Article № eb.15108, ICID: 116551 [Full text - PDF]pdf

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