Breeding population of Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus in Serbia slowly increasing

 

The 2014 griffon vulture population in Serbia totalled between 138 and 144 pairs, of which at least 124 pairs began breeding. A minimum of 89 youngs have fledged, according to data provided to the VCF by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia.

 

There are four breeding colonies of griffon vulture, which are located on three sites in southwestern and western Serbia: The Special Nature Reserve Uvac, which covers a large area of the Uvac river gorge and the nearby rivers Kladnica and Veljušnica (two breeding colonies, 85-90 pairs); the gorge of the Trešnjica river (SNR "Trešnjica river gorge", 25-26 pairs); and the Mileševka river gorge (28 pairs).

 

The population of griffon vulture in Serbia has been increasing in recent years (see table 1), primarily as a result of the protection measures taken, notably the establishment of feeding places and the protection of breeding sites.

 

The annual survey and monitoring of griffon vulture breeding colonies in Serbia was conducted by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, in cooperation with other organizations ("Special Nature Reserve Uvac" - Nova Varoš, NGO-Centre for Natural Resources "Natura" from Belgrade and NGO "Jadovnik - an oasis of pristine nature" from Prijepolje).

 

Table1: Populationsizeofgriffonvultures (Gypsfulvus) in Serbia during the period 1971-2014, data provided by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia

 

   
   

Year

Total number of pairs

Number of breeding pairs

Number of new-fledged/ youngs

Data source

1971

33

 

 

Поповић (1974), Петровић (1974)

1982

32

 

 

Marinković etal. (1985)

1986

27

23

 

Marinković & Orlandić (1994)

1991

22

13

 

Marinković & Orlandić (1994)

1992

13

(11)

 

Маринковић (1999); Б. Обућина, усм. саопш.

1996

41

(40)

35

Grubač (2008)

2004

(72-79)

(61-69)

59

Grubač (2008)

2005

(81-87)

(64-68)

61

Grubač (2008)

2006

93-98

77

62

Grubač (2008)

2007

104-107

91

70

Grubač (2008)

2008

113-120

104

76

Grubač (2013)

2009

121-124

102

68

Grubač (2013)

2010

120-130

106

81

Grubač (2013)

2011

c. 130

c. 110

>71

Grubač (2013)

2012

118-131

102-107

49-58

Grubač (2013)

2013

132-144

121-125

94-99

B. Grubač/ICNS

2014

138-144

>124

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B. Grubač/ICNS

 

 

 

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