For the first time a flock of pink pelicans have to spend the winter in Vidin, choosing the partitioned non-navigable section of the river within the area of the constructed bridge. At this place the river is relatively slow and in the shallows there is a lot of fish, and the construction works, obviously do not disturb the birds.
The pelicans, which are endangered waterfowl species, nest in the Danube Delta, home to the largest colony in Europe.
In 2011, on returning from the south in March, for the first time a flock of the birds remained at the island at Kutovo (Golia) and at the Nameless island, on which pier PB8 of the bridge is situated.
The pelicans usually hibernate/spend winter/ in Greece or in Africa. Their stay within Vidin Area is an exception.
The island of Kutovo is one of the most important in Bulgaria, of great significance for the EU, for the protection of several species of birds, such as the night, the white, the grey and rusty heron, the big and the small Cormorant, the grey goose and etc.
he main construction works in the building of the bridge between Vidin-Calafat are executed observing the rules for protection of the environment and waters.