The annual bearded vulture organised by the VCF - one of the most awaited milestones in the VCF year - gathers researchers and conservation practitioners working with bearded vulture across Europe, and aims to be a forum where people can review together the progresses of the bearded vulture reintroduction projects across Europe and plan the work for the following year.
This year´s meeting took place in the heart of the Austrian Alps, and was hosted by Hohe Tauern National Park, and registered the participation of 80 people from at least 10 countries.
In spite of the freezing temperatures and the snow, the atmosphere and the conviviality were again excellent, and this year´s programme was even better than in previous years, with lots of high quality talks showing that there has been a qualitative and quantitative jump in the components of the wider bearded vulture reintroduction project in Europe.
The meeting also celebrated the pioneers and visionaries that started the bearded vulture reintroduction project in Austria more than 30 years ago.
You can see the main conclusions from the two days of discussions in the file below.
The VCF would like to thank the staff of Hohe Tauern National Park for hosting us.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that the 2017 meeting will be held in Haute-Savoie, and will be hosted by ASTERS, while the 2018 meeting is now tentatively booked for Andalusia, following the gracious invitation from Rafael Arenas. Next year will mark the 30 years of the first breeding in the wild, precisely in Haute Savoie, and the meeting will also be a great opportunity for us to find out more about the LIFE GYPHELP project that ASTERS, the VCF and others are implementing in the French Alps.