The European Commission must step in to protect a site home to hundreds of rare plants and animals - including golden eagles, brown bears, bats and tortoises - in western Bulgaria, according to an alliance of environmental groups.
The Kresna Gorge, a protected European site, is under threat from a new motorway supported by EU structural funds. Protected bats, snakes and tortoises are experiencing an “unprecedented deterioration” in their habitat, the groups say.
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