Pelican Lake Guesthouse Environmental Project Centre, Srebarna.

We live at the Pelican Lake Guesthouse & Environmental Project Centre Srebarna, adjacent to the Biosphere Reserve in North East Bulgaria. We provide regular updates on our project work and reports on activity on the reserve. We co-operate closely with a number of other conservation organisations to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife and the environment. Details of our current projects and info about Pelican Lake Guesthouse can be found here;

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

5 Year Anniversary!

Yesterday we celebrated our 5th Anniversary of moving and living here in Srebarna,Bulgaria.

We invited lots of our dear friends and neighbours without whom, life would have been very difficult, if not impossible.

A big thanks to them all!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Garden Party

Today a garden party was held for the children at Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage ,Silistra.

We were only too happy to help out Berni & Dougie Leggett, the organisers of this event.

There were lots of activities including a bookstall,tombola,raffle,guessing games, etc.

And there was some live entertainment provided by the children of the orphanage and also by Mike Black, Jeff Groves,from Texas/Sofia,and Krasi Yordanov from Plovdiv.
There was also dicso throughout the day which was a special request from the children.

Everyone had a great day! Almost 700 leva was raised and hopefully there is more to come!

Berni and Dougie are now organising an auction with Trust Radio in Bulgaria this week with some fabulous prizes!

We have donated a weekend at our guesthouse with bed and breakfast and a guided walk.Let's hope we can raise even more money for this fabulous orphanage!

We at Pelican Lake Guesthouse would also like to add a very special big thanks to our personal sponsors
Henry and Susie Buswell, who's very generous donation earlier this year enabled us to provide the live entertainment on the day.
Many thanks to you both!

If you would like to read more about this day and the orphanage take a look at:
If you would like to take part in the auction please visit:
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Mike vounteers in Malta again

Committee against Bird Slaughter (CABS) is to organise a bird protection camp
Wednesday, 29.08.2007

Valetta. The Committee against Bird Slaughter (CABS) is to organise a bird protection camp on the islands of Malta and Gozo during mid-September 2007. This camp will include 22 experienced campaigners from Germany, Italy and the UK with the aim of collecting data on the bird migration over the islands and, the influence of illegal hunting on different bird species. The organisation and implementation of this camp will be made in close consensus and cooperation with Nature Trust (Malta) and the Maltese Section of International Animal Rescue. The principal aim of the operation is, the deterrence of potential law-breakers by a round-the clock presence of the teams in the main hunting `hotspots', and on those stretches of coast important for bird migration. The task of the campaign teams on the ground will be that of precise recording of the migration of selected bird species. This will also incorporate the reporting by telephone of instances of illegal hunting to the operational base. In emergency cases, the operational base will contact the police and provide them with all relevant and necessary information. "We are only present to observe, record and report; everything else is a matter for the police" the spokesperson for CABS, Heinz Schwarze, explains.
CABS further state that the Maltese police have been notified of the operation earlier this year and have signalled their "full support" to the team. The NGO emphasises that the volunteer observers will operate in the open and, with their video cameras and binoculars, will be easily recognisable for the hunters. Schwarze stresses that "deterrence through an open and wide-scale presence is more important to us than concealed observation". Nevertheless, according to CABS, the occasional use of concealed cameras in the bird protection operation cannot be completely ruled out. CABS further stresses that similar operations in the Gulf of Naples and in Lombardy have provided them with plenty of useful experience in this field. Schwarze: "Those who are afraid of being filmed, and are later taken to court, don't shoot at protected birds". This maxim, adopted and put into practice over the past 10 years in Italy by the permanent presence of bird protection teams and game wardens, has proved successful in reducing the scale of illegal hunting there to a noticeable extent. All of the participants in the Malta camp are volunteers, the majority of them are field biologists, bird ringers or professional conservationists. A daily summary of events will be available through an internet blog in English and German at

You can read about Mike's week here!