Wolf, jackal, deer, wild pig, fox, badger, grey squirrel, pine marten, a single brown bear was seen near a local village in recent years, and 2 families of brown bears are said to live in the higher Balkans very close by.
Should a sleepy bear ever come near any of our
buildings, we shall offer our guest comfortable winter quarters and
put a "Do NOT Disturb Until March" sign on the
A delightful dormouse, currently snoring the winter
away, lives in the stables -
tortoise, gila (salamander), and several kinds of snakes, one or two
of them venomous.
Stork (more than 50 seen on one occasion in
a local field), green woodpecker (see them every day), jay, raven,
The insect life is amazing: during June to
mid-July stag beetles can be seen flying every night just after
sunset, they can be gently forced to land and can then be
photographed - see
longhorns are fairly common here and they are enormous, some with a
body length greater than that of even a large stag
Swallowtail butterflies are common (in the north-west
of Bulgaria Ibraheem has photographed swarms of around 50 at a time).