We are united by our love for nature and our will to contribute personally for its conservation!
For us working for the conservation of nature is not a job, it is a passion and a pleasure!
Vanya has a profound experience in leadership and project management both in the BSPB, and as a part of the team of the Directorate of Vitosha Nature Park. She is the person to keep an eye on the organization in its entirety and to make sure that all the processes in it run smoothly and in harmony.
Nikolay Petkov, PhD
Nikolay is the most experienced member of our team with regards to the conservation of waterfowl and their habitats. In recent years his work focuses mainly on the conservation of the globally endangered red-breasted goose and the important sites for the species along its flyway; his efforts brought him the ‘Green Oscar’ in 2019. He is an expert of international dimensions and he is responsible for the coordination of the red-breasted goose international working group at the Secretariat of AEWA. Nikolay has worked in Wetlands International as an expert, and he is a member of 5 working groups on waterfowl, as well as a member of the Species Survival Commission at the IUCN.
Stoyan Nikolov, PhD
Stoyan coordinates international projects for the conservation of one of the most emblematic endangered bird species – the Egyptian vulture. Under his management the project The Return of The Neophron was distinguished with the prestigious Natura 2000 Award by the European Commission in the Cross-border cooperation and networking category, and as one of the best LIFE projects in the Conservation category for 2016–2017. At present, Stoyan is in charge of a big project aimed at the conservation of the Egyptian vulture along its migration flyway, with more than 20 partners.
European policies expert
Anton is part of the team working for the conservation of the griffon and the Egyptian vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. Before that he took part in activities for the conservation of the red-breasted goose. His experience includes a one-year practice in Germany, where he researched methodologies for habitat modelling. Love took him from Northern Bulgaria to the southernmost parts of the country, close to the border with Greece and Turkey. His interest in birds and nature brought him to the team of the BSPB in 2012.
Vladimir Dobrev, PhD
Volen Arkumarev, PhD
Georgi Popgeorgiev, PhD
GIS and data base officer
Wildlife crime officer
Dimitar is an expert ornithologist that has participated for many years in the planning and realization of BSPB’s activities for monitoring and conservation of endangered species of raptors; his work involves actions against wildlife crimes too. Dimitar has broad experience in filming and photographing the diverse activities by the BSPB both in the field and elsewhere. A drone pilot and a skilled photographer, in 2006 he won the National Geographic Bulgaria competition in the category Nature.
Dimitar Demerdzhiev, PhD
Raptor conservation expert
Dobromir Dobrev, PhD
Petar Yankov, PhD
Petar dedicated his career as a scientist and his entire experience and enthusiasm to the shaping of the BSPB as a successful organization with international recognition. He brought the BSPB to the region of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, and he introduced the concept of conservation centres in Bulgarian nature conservation. He worked hard for getting the Henry Ford Foundation Nature Conservation Award for the BSPB. He authored several hundred scientific and popular publications and books; he co-authored the Atlas of Breeding Birds, the first of its kind in Bulgaria; he participated in the preparation of the first Bulgarian action plans for species, and of management plans for protected territories too. At present he has dedicated himself to developing Poda Conservation Centre and the BSPB’s success on the territory of Burgas.
Thanks to Iordanka you are able to learn what’s new about the BSPB in the social and traditional media every day. She is also responsible for the communications of several of our big projects focusing on the conservation of the Egyptian vulture and the imperial eagle. She tries to balance her busy working days with yoga classes and outings in the wild.
Marina is the voice on the phone when you call us, and the person that makes sure that all the orders in our online shop are delivered in time. Besides all that, she manages the work process in our office. The sea and fishing are the passions that she shares with friends in her free time.
Dimitar Plachiiski, PhD
Nature conservation officer
The anti-poison dog
Vladimir also became a volunteer at the BSPB in his school years. Since a little boy he was passionate about observing and identifying birds and reptiles. He specializes in the conservation of waterfowl and in wetland preservation. He grew up in the town of Svishtov and he made ‘his first steps’ with the BSPB as a volunteer in conservation activities along the Danube River. Since 2010 his work focuses on the study and preservation of the wetlands around the city of Burgas.
Milena joined the BSPB team in 2021. After gaining experience in the book publishing and the digital marketing, the nature conservation became an important cause and a new area to which she believes she is able to contribute with her skills. She also believes in the endless possibilities for connection and dialogue between people. At BSPB Milena looks after the communications of the Saker falcon project and projects for securing of dangerous powerlines. She loves to dive deep in calligraphy and music in her free time.
Chairman of the MB of the BSPB
Ivaylo has been a member of the BSPB for many years, and he used to work for the organization too: for many years he was the regional coordinatior of the BSPB in the city of Varna. He is Chairman of the Management Board since 2019.
Member of the MB
Ilian has a degree in biology but he manages a profitable business with professional kitchen equipment. His busy days and his business responsibilities do not deter him from his hobby – birds and nature. Ilian is a vigorous supporter of causes of non-governmental organizations dedicated to the conservation of nature and birds in particular.
Member of the MB
Teodora is a friend, member and a former employee of the BSPB. Until 2015 she was part of our team: at first she was in charge of the communications in our first LIFE+ project, Conservation of imperial eagle and saker falcon in key Natura 2000 sites in Bulgaria, and then she became the Communications and PR Director of the organization. Teodora is a member of the Management Board of the BSPB since 2019.
Member of the MB
Member of the MB
For many years Emil was the regional coordinator of the BSPB in the town of Svishtov. First winner of the ‘Green Oscar’ in the BSPB for his work in the lower course of the Danube River for the conservation of migrating and breeding birds there. At present, Emil works for the Romanian partner of BirdLife International, SOR. He has been a member of the MB of the BSPB for several mandates, and he has been Chairman of the MB too.