LIFE Rewilding Vultures - Conservation of Black and Griffon vultures in the cross-border Rhodopes mountains

 

Implementation period: January 2016 to December 20121

 

Implementation area: Yuzhen Tsentralen Bulgaria and Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki Greece

 

Target Vulture species: Griffon vulture and Cinereous vulture

 

Summary

This project aims to recover and further expand the black and griffon vulture populations in this part of the Balkans, mainly by improving natural prey availability and reducing mortality factors such as poaching, poisoning, electrocution and collision with power lines.

 

The project includes tagging of vultures to study their dispersal and movements; increase of their food availability through releases of wild ungulates; creating a trained dog unit to locate poison baits; environmental education actions; support for local businesses linked to vulture watching; support of related local products; and insulating power line poles and mounting bird diverters to avoid collision.

 

The cross-border Rhodope Mountains are a unique landscape, with a very high biodiversity and a number of important Natura 2000 sites. Black vultures that breed in Greece forage in Bulgaria and griffon vultures that breed in Bulgaria feed in Greece. The area is also used by immature and non-breeding griffon vultures coming from Croatia and Serbia. The project also will deliver transboundary cooperation between experts and organisations from different countries.

 

Partners

Stichting Rewilding Europe (leading partner), Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, Hellenic Ornithological Society, Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, WWF Greece, Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF)

 

VCF main actions/activities in the project

  • Evaluation of the legal-operations approach regarding poisoning;
  • Study the health status of large vultures with focus on lead poisoning and veterinary drugs as threats for the Black and Griffon vultures in Bulgaria and Greece;
  • International Workshop on vulture supplementary feeding best practice and main issues on the transposition and national regulations of the relevant EU directives;
  • Organization of international workshop on threats posed by NSAIDs/Antibiotics.

 

 

For more information, visit the Rewilding Vultures website

 

Documents

News about the Rewilding Vultures project

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Dec

2017

Black vultures continue to increase in Mallorca – 2017 was again a record breeding year

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Jul

2017

A survey of attitudes towards vulture conservation in the Bulgarian Rodopi regions

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Jul

2017

Newsletter of the LIFE Re Vultures project is out!

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Jul

2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – more griffon vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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Jul

2017

Tomorrow´s Greek vultures will depend on today´s Greek children

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Apr

2017

Poisoning incident in Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria) gets even bigger – a total of 18 griffon vultures now confirmed dead

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Mar

2017

Massive poisoning incident(s) in Kresna George, Bulgaria, deals a blow to the recovering Balkan griffon vulture population

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Mar

2017

LIFE RE-Vultures - news from the Rhodopes at the project annual meeting

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Feb

2017

Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

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Jan

2017

The number of griffon vultures breeding and roosting in Eastern Rhodopes continues to increase

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Jan

2017

News from the LIFE Re vultures – griffon and black vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

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Feb

2016

New project for the conservation of black and griffon vultures in the Rhodope mountains (Bulgaria-Greece) launched

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