Nearly three years after the LIFE+ project GypConnect started, you can now read all about the exciting results from the project team in the latest newsletter.
Highlights from GypConnect
In the latest newsletter you can read about the latest results of the bearded vulture captive breeding network, the ‘Vulture Festival’ held last May to celebrate the release of three young bearded vultures into the Baronnies, the movements of some of the reintroduced birds, including the fantastic news of Calandreto moving through to the Pyrenees, updates on the work being carried out to reduce some of the threats to bearded vultures and a report on the first GypConnect seminar which brought together ornithologists, scientists, park managers and farmers to discuss the positive links between farming and the conservation of vultures.
Led by the League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), in partnership with the Vautours en Baronnies, LIFE GypConnect aims to establish a breeding population in the Massif Central and Department of the Drôme. Releasing captive-bred Bearded Vultures into the wild at sites such as the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses and Parc Naturel Régional des Baronnies Provençales will create a core population that will connect the two populations of the species in the Alps and Pyrenees. To facilitate movements between the new population and the Alpine and Pyrenean populations the LIFE GypConnect team is creating a network of supplementary feeding stations, and tackling threats such as poisoning, and collision and electrocution with the electricity infrastructure.
In 2018 three birds were released in the Baronnies, building on the release of eight birds in 2017, four in the Grands Causses, two in the Baronnies and two in Vercors. The project is co-funded by the EU LIFE fund and by the MAVA Fondation.
The LIFE GypConnect newsletter is available to download below and is in French.