Manatarka.org is a website about the fungi found in Bulgaria. More than 1,700 species have been recorded as occurring in our country. This figure includes all the ascomycetes and basidiomycetes that have been accounted for by the experts at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It has not stopped growing owing to the enthusiasm of our mycological community.
While mushroom foraging has traditionally been popular in the country, few have ever ventured into the study of fungi. With the aid of scientific publications and literature as well as our combined knowledge and observations, we have set ourselves the task of advancing the knowledge about fungi in our country. Our hope is that it serves as a comprehensive and reliable reference to all mycophiles from our country and abroad.
Bulgaria, a country of 110,000 square kilometres, is located in south-east Europe. The climate is predominantly moderate continental but regional variations exist owing to the rich geographical diversity. These regional variations are reflected in the species composition. Southern parts of the country receive a significant Mediterranean influence while the Black sea coast is in itself unique. Bulgaria has several mountains which harbour fungi typical of alpine and northern regions of Europe. A year is divided into four seasons with a mean temperature of 10.5°C. Winters are generally cold and summers are hot. Precipitation amounts vary from year to year and there are frequent periods of drought as well as of prolonged snow and rainfall.