You can read all about the exciting results from the LIFE+ Re-Vultures project in the latest newsletter.
Highlights from Re-Vultures
The latest results of the efforts to conserve Cinereous and Griffon vultures in the cross border Rhodope mountains between Bulgaria and Greece feature in the newsletter. As part of the public campaign to raise awareness of the birds the project has released a short animated film and keeps working with young people on outreach activities such as summer camps and photography workshops with leading wildlife photographers.
There is also an update on the work to release wild herbivores into the mountains with the release of seven red deer, which complete the group of around 50 free roaming red and fallow deer released as part of the project, which will provide an important food source for vultures as well as carnivores in the area.
Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project
Working with colleagues across five Balkan states this week we launched the Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project after initial meetings with national partners in Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Greece. The BAPP project aims to protect vultures from illegal wildlife poisoning by bringing together governmental organisations and wildlife charities to tackle the issue. The BAPP project complements well the LIFE RE-Vultures project and is part of a vulture conservation programme across the Balkans the VCF and other organisations are implementing, with actions at different levels and countries.
Starting in 2016, the five-year LIFE RE-Vultures project was developed by Rewilding Europe, in collaboration with the Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and us here at the Vulture Conservation Foundation along with a range of other partners. The aim of the project is to support the recovery and further expansion of the Cinereous and Griffon vulture populations in the Rhodope Mountain by improving natural prey availability, and by reducing mortality through factors such as poaching, poisoning and collisions with power lines.
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