The vast pastures, home to herds of domestic animals, are also home to diverse wildlife - small mammals, birds, and reptiles. They are a food resource for the Imperial Eagle. One of the reasons the species is on the verge of extinction today is the destruction of its hunting grounds.
Pasture decline or loss can be mainly attributed to the intensification of agriculture and the depopulation of rural areas in Bulgaria. Most of the pastures have been plowed and replaced by large blocks of intensively grown mono-cultures in which biodiversity cannot exist. The depopulation of the villages, on the other hand, has led to a reduction in livestock herds, which in turn has caused pastures to overgrow with shrubs thus making it impossible for the eagles to hunt.
To secure hunting grounds for the Imperial Eagle, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), together with local farmers in the framework of the LIFE project "LAND for LIFE", have restored a number of abandoned and dilapidated barns as well as the flocks and herds of sheep, goats, cows, and horses in some of the most important areas for the Imperial eagle in southeastern Bulgaria. Nearly 600 ha of the most important for the specific areas around its nests in Natura 2000 areas have been purchased. The grass cover of over 250 ha of plowed pastures has been restored, and more than 1000 ha of abandoned and overgrown pastures have been partially cleaned in order to restore habitat mosaic.
The film "LAND for LIFE" tells about all these activities for the conservation of the species in our country and reveals the key interconnectedness, not only between the processes in nature but also between man and the wildlife.