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Rusenski Lom

Rusenski Lom and the Lomovete area of northern Bulgaria

by Koen De Rijck, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme

Rusenski Lom

Rusenski Lom is a protected area near the Danube in the northeast of Bulgaria. It consists of forests and grasslands set in a wider landscape of large-scale intensive arable farming. The three Lom Rivers (Lomovete) form a striking landscape of limestone canyons, with a mixture of humid grasslands on the canyon floors and dry semi-natural habitats on the cliffs, slopes and flat plateaux.

Rusenski Lom also contains an important range of historic sites such as churches and monasteries built into the vertical canyon walls, monks caves and an ancient citadel and as a result has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The dramatic landscape, the unique biodiversity and the rich cultural heritage were the main reasons to declare Rusenski Lom a Nature Park, covering an area of 3.408ha. This is only a part of the Lomovete Natura 2000 site, an area under the EU Habitats Directive of 32.489ha, and overlapping with it a site under the Birds Directive (3.408ha).

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© Photos: Koen De Rijck, Tsonka Hristova, Maya Todorova,Milko Berberov, Rusenski Lom Nature Park archive, Evgeni Dinev, Radoslav Rusinov, Alexander Ivanov, S. Beshkov, S. Abadjiev

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European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism
Online: http://www.efncp.org/hnv-showcases/bulgaria/rusenski-lom/
Date: 2024/07/19
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