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Protected area Momina skala

Forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula)

"Momina skala" protected area is situated on the southern shore of Arda river. It was promulgated in 1995 and enlarged with 760 ha after BSPB proposal in 2001. "Momina skala" includes 150m high cliff complex, screes, abysses, deciduous forests, pastures. The site also includes significant archeological remains - two thracian vaults, thracian settlement and unique Thracian rock niches. The region has rich flora and fauna with more than 600 plant species, 300 species of butterflies and moths, about 150 species of vertebrates. Many of them are threatened at national and European level. Sixteen species from the Red Data Book are registered in the protected area. Some of them are the Steffanofia (Steffanofia daucoides), Anacamptis papilionacea (Orchis papilionacea), Scandix australis, Verbascum humile.

The area is rich in herpetofauna including Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina), Balkan Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis), Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni), Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca). Cliffs offer suitable breeding places for the Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Chukar (Alectoris chukar), Rock Buning (Emberiza cia). Bushes are inhabited by the Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans) and Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala). Here can be observed also Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus), Wild Boar (Sus scrofa), Forest Domice (Dryomys nitedula).

 

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Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Subalpine warbler (Sylvia cantiallans)
Rock bunting (Emberiza cia)
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