VCF is supporting Turkey´s only regularly functioning vulture feeding station

Turkey has significant vulture populations, but also many threats. Electrocution and poison seem to be significant mortality factors limiting some of the vulture populations there.

In June 2012 Ornitofoto, a small Turkish NGO focussed on documenting Turkey´s beautiful bird life, opened a small feeding station at a priority site for vultures and eagles – the mountain plateau near Dortdivan, Bolu, about 100km northwest from the capital Ankara. The initial project, funded by the United Nations Development Programme, had conservation and eco-tourism/sustainable development objectives – as a result a small hide (mostly used for nature photography) has been erected and a feeding point established. In 2013 more than 130 photographers used the hide to take pictures of vultures and other wildlife.

For the vultures in the area – including a healthy population of black vultures, some bearded vultures, griffon vultures on migration and the odd Egyptian vulture pair – a safe feeding area is very important, keeping them away from potential poison. The station usually receives the visit of 9-10 black vultures, but in July 2013 a maximum of 160 individuals were seen feeding together there. Griffons occur mostly after the breeding season (from May onwards), in small numbers (maximum 7 together), while bearded vultures usually appear between June and October (up to 3 individuals per day). Imperial eagles (maximum count 7), white-tailed sea eagles, buzzards, long-legged buzzards and ravens (more than 100 at occasions) also use the food put at the station.

This year, and with the help of a generous Norwegian donor, the VCF is providing financial (and also technical) support to this project, securing some essential maintenance costs. A local employee collects carrion (mostly dead poultry from the many local chicken farms) on a regular basis and delivers it to the station. The hide has turned out to be very popular with nature photographers, who can book it for a small fee and thus take pictures of vultures, the many imperial eagles nesting in the area, as well as other rare wildlife – including wolves! If you want to visit please contact Burak Dogansoysal (burak@dogansoysal.com)

 

 

 

Together for Vultures!

Visit us on facebook! 

follow us on twitter!