Preliminary Data on the Plant and Vertebrate Animal Diversity in the Area of Dedovo Village (West Rhodopes Mts.) 

Krasimir Todorov1, Slaveya Petrova2*, Bogdan Nikolov2, Delka Karagyozova-Dilkova1, Ivanka Dimitrova-Dyulgerova1
 
1 – University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski", Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany and Methods of Teaching in Biology, 24 Tzar Assen Str., 4000, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
2 – University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski", Faculty on Biology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Conservation, 24 Tzar Assen Str., 4000, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
*Corresponding author: sl.petrova@abv.bg
 
Abstract. Dedovo Village (Rodopi Municipality, Plovdiv District) is located at 25 km from Plovdiv City in the Western Rhodopes Mts., at an altitude of 1000 to 1060 meters. Its proximity to the city and relatively preserved natural environment make it a more attractive place during the last years for relaxation, especially in the summer. However, the increased tourist presence in the area leads to an increase of anthropogenic pressure on the natural ecosystems. Aim of this study is to assess the plant and vertebrate animal diversity in the area of Dedovo Village and to identify the potential threats and risks to its conservation. More than 70 plant species were described, including one rare species and 5 Balkan endemics and 30 species, listed in the Bulgarian Medicinal plants Act. From the vertebrate animals 39 species were described, including 15 mammals (3 species with conservation status), 15 birds (4 species with conservation status), 6 reptiles and 2 amphibians.
 
Key words: biodiversity, Dedovo Village, medicinal plants, conservation status, threats.
 

Ecologia Balkanica, 2015, vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 73-78
Article № eb.15138, ICID: 1188580, [Full text - PDF]pdf

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