EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria
1a. Your e-mail:
bspb_hq@bspb.org
2. Organisation address:
Sofia 1111, Yavorov Complex bl.71, entr.4, ap.1
2a. Country:  
Bulgaria
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Whole territory of the country
A country Bulgaria 
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
1988
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
11-50
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
Yes
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
Yes
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Species
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats
Other
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
Common Bird Monitoring Scheme Mid-winter Count of Waterbirds Monitoring of rare and endangered species (Eastern Imperial Eagle, Egyptian Griffon and Black Vultures, Red-breasted Goose) Monitoring of Important Bird Areas (SPAs)
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
No
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
Yes
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgarian Academy of Science, other NGOs.
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
Yes
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
No
14b. Internet address of report(s):
http://
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
Yes
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
No
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 20 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 70 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 10 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
11-20 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
Information about distribution and number of various bird species and habitat data.
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
No
21. If no, please explain why
Not enough experianced fieldworkers in given parts of the country.
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
Nature conservation concern.
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
Yes
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
Unknown
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
Yes
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
Lectures, training seminars and field exercises.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
Yes
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
Data is validadted by experts / staff members.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Yes
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 Contract number: 006463