The National Park Pirin in Bulgaria (8/12)

Bulgaria's Pirin Mountains are wild and unspoiled, boasting some 40 peaks above 2,500 metres. The northern part was declared a national park in 1962 and in 1983 it was included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. In one little village here at the foot of the Pirin, April marks the start of the cattle mustering. The strong, fearless Karakachan dogs protect the herds of cattle from the surrounding villages against the wolves that roam in several small packs through the dense forests of the national park.  There are also a few bears with their young to contend with. On the karst cliffs in the lower reaches of the Pirin, the now rare long-legged buzzards hatch; the plateaus of the Alpine zone are the territory of the chamoises, and in the Mediterranean climate of the southern mountain ranges the Aesculapian snakes feel right at home on the dry, rocky ground. These snakes are even bigger here on the Balkan peninsula than they are in Central Europe. At 400 square kilometres, this may be the smallest national park in Bulgaria, but it not only offers the most varied habitats for a plethora of flora and fauna, it is also a paradise for nature lovers.

The following episodes are available:

  • The National Park Slitere in Latvia, 45' only (HD)
  • The National Park Sumava in Czech Republic, 45' only (HD)
  • The National Park Lagodechi in Georgia (HD)
  • The National Park Belaweschskaja Puschtscha in Belarus (HD)
  • The National Park Pirin in Bulgaria
  • The National Park Kornati in Croatia
  • The National Park Volga Delta in Russia
  • The National Park Biebrza in Poland
  • The National Park High Tatra in Slovakia
  • The National Park of Kiskunsag in Hungary
  • The National Park of Vilsandi in Estonia