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

 

Implementation period: January 2016 to December 2021

 

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

Find out more about the LIFE Re-Vultures

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Aug

2018

LIFE Re-Vultures - Conserving Griffon and Cinereous vultures in the Balkans

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Latest news from LIFE Re-Vultures

Sat

07

Sep

2019

Get to know Europe's vultures - key facts and conservation

Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

17

Aug

2019

New feeding station in Serbia aims to improve food opportunities for vultures

Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
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Tue

09

Jul

2019

LIFE RE-Vultures can now track the movements of two more juvenile Griffon Vultures

Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
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04

Jul

2019

First recorded fatality from lead poisoning for Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria

The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
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20

May

2019

Fantastic breeding results for Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria’s Eastern Rhodope Mountains

Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
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International Workshop on Vultures and Veterinary Drugs

19th & 20th of February, 2019

Dadia, Greece

As part of the vulture conservation project LIFE Re-Vultures, the Vulture Conservation Foundation hosted a two day international workshop on the impacts of veterinary drugs on vultures in Dadia, Greece. The Workshop report along with the presentations and other annexes to the report can be downloaded below. 

 

Workshop Agenda
Annex I - Vultures & Vet drugs Workshop_
Adobe Acrobat Document 388.0 KB
WWF Greece presentation
Annex II - WWF Greece presentation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.5 MB
Management Body of Dadia National Park presentation
Annex III - Management Body of Dadia Na
Adobe Acrobat Document 12.5 MB
VCF Literature Review presentation
Annex IV - VCF ReVultures Vetmeds Lit Re
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.4 MB
VCF Diclofenac presentation
Annex V - Diclofenac presentation worksh
Adobe Acrobat Document 29.3 MB
CNITV and LPO presentation
Annex VI - Toxicity to vultures from vet
Adobe Acrobat Document 5.0 MB
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona presentation
Annex VII - The use of veterinary drugs
Adobe Acrobat Document 14.2 MB
Trakia University – Stara Zagora presentation
Annex VIII - The situation in Bulgaria .
Adobe Acrobat Document 83.1 MB
VCF-WWF presentation
Annex IX - VCF-WWF_International worksho
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.3 MB
BSPB presentation
Annex X - Presentation_workshop.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 10.4 MB
Vultures Back to LIFE presentation
Annex XI - Dadia_workshop.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 10.5 MB
Egyptian Vultures New LIFE presentation
Annex XII - EV_LIFE_A1_A2_final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 18.3 MB
LIFE Under Griffon Wings presentation
Annex XIII - Screening vet medicines LIF
Adobe Acrobat Document 36.8 MB
LIFE Rupis presentation
Annex XIV - Rupis - Jovan Andevski.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 44.5 MB
European Raptor Bioinformatics Faculty presentation
Annex XV - ERBFacility - sampling protoc
Adobe Acrobat Document 25.8 MB
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona presentation 2
Annex XVI - Baseline methodology and rec
Adobe Acrobat Document 7.9 MB
Workshop Conclusions
Annex XVII - Conclusions day 1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 16.8 MB
Workshop notes
Annex XVIII - VCF ReVultures Vetmeds not
Adobe Acrobat Document 28.3 MB
Post-mortem of Cinereous Vulture results
Annex XIX - Autopsy Report Black Vulture
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.3 MB

Sat

07

Sep

2019

Get to know Europe's vultures - key facts and conservation

Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

17

Aug

2019

New feeding station in Serbia aims to improve food opportunities for vultures

Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
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Tue

09

Jul

2019

LIFE RE-Vultures can now track the movements of two more juvenile Griffon Vultures

Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
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Thu

04

Jul

2019

First recorded fatality from lead poisoning for Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria

The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
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Mon

20

May

2019

Fantastic breeding results for Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria’s Eastern Rhodope Mountains

Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
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Wed

01

May

2019

Cinereous Vultures on the move across the Balkan Peninsula

Riga, the Cinereous Vulture photographed in Albania (c) Brano Rudić
Riga, the Cinereous Vulture photographed in Albania (c) Brano Rudić
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20

Mar

2019

Report from the International Workshop of Vultures and Veterinary Drugs

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Mon

04

Mar

2019

Carrying out a post-mortem is essential in understanding vulture mortality

Veterinarian Florence Buronfosse-Roque carrying out a post-mortem on a Cinereous Vulture
Veterinarian Florence Buronfosse-Roque carrying out a post-mortem on a Cinereous Vulture
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Wed

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Feb

2019

The International Workshop on Vultures & Veterinary Drugs

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26

Jan

2019

The adventures of Bulgarian Griffon Vulture Kaya in the Middle East continues 

Griffon Vulture Kaya sharing a meal with a fox in January 2019 at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (c) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Israel Nature & Parks Authority
Griffon Vulture Kaya sharing a meal with a fox in January 2019 at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (c) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Israel Nature & Parks Authority
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Nov

2018

Griffon vultures Arda and Kaya take a remarkable jounrey south from the Eastern Rhodope Mountains

(c) BSPB
(c) BSPB
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19

Nov

2018

New artificial nests built in Eastern Rhodope mountains for cinereous vultures

(C)VERA ALEXEYEVA
(C)VERA ALEXEYEVA
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08

Oct

2018

Dead Griffon vulture emphasises the need for proper site selection of wind farms in Thrace, Greece

The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
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Fri

07

Sep

2018

A great breeding season for Balkan Griffon vultures

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Fri

31

Aug

2018

LIFE Re-Vultures - Conserving Griffon and Cinereous vultures in the Balkans

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Thu

23

Aug

2018

Cinereous vulture found dead in the Rhodope Mountains

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Thu

16

Aug

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE Re-Vultures newsletter

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Thu

02

Aug

2018

Wandering cinereous vulture in Bulgaria gives hope to the restoration of the species in the country

Cinereous vulture (C) Svetoslav Spasov
Cinereous vulture (C) Svetoslav Spasov
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Mon

09

Jul

2018

More Griffon Vultures Tagged in Rhodope Mountains

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Wed

09

May

2018

One step closer to bring black vultures back to Bulgaria – 1st black vultures transported from Spain to the Balkans

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Thu

03

May

2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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Fri

27

Apr

2018

Update on Vulture Research

Latest vulture science analysed: Movements of Egyptian vultures in the Middle East and East Africa; the potential impacts of land use change on cinereous vulture occurrence in Spain; stakeholder perceptions of Egyptian vultures; a review of the contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being; and an article on the association between lead toxicity and hunting activity in Botswana

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Mon

16

Apr

2018

On the road in Bulgaria tonight

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Tue

10

Apr

2018

Cinereous vulture recorded on video in The Gambia – a first for the West Africa country

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Sat

07

Apr

2018

One griffon possibly down in Saudi Arabia - while another is held hostage in Iraq

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Mar

2018

New Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project kick-offs at the 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference

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Tue

13

Mar

2018

Strange taste for food, but immensely beneficial and vulnerable – vultures in Eastern Rhodopes. They are just brilliant! New film

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Thu

01

Mar

2018

New paper: Antibiotics found in carcasses left in vulture supplementary feeding sites in Portugal

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Feb

2018

Korea peninsula - cinereous vultures know no borders too!

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20

Feb

2018

Cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild in Jordan – in images

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Sat

10

Feb

2018

Cinereous vulture flyway action plan featured in this month´s Quercus magazine

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Fri

02

Feb

2018

First for Jordan – cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild – He is now wintering in Saudi

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

New vulture book for children (in German) - Geier Georg auf der Flucht

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Sun

14

Jan

2018

Two cinereous vultures found dead, presumably poisoned, in Thrace (Greece)

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Wed

27

Dec

2017

Bulgarian partners visit nest platforms for cinereous vultures in Portugal

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Tue

26

Dec

2017

Cinereous Vulture Flyway Action Plan published

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Mon

11

Dec

2017

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

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Thu

27

Jul

2017

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

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Sun

16

Jul

2017

Newsletter of the LIFE Re Vultures project is out!

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Wed

12

Jul

2017

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

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Thu

06

Jul

2017

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

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Sat

08

Apr

2017

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

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Thu

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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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Sun

19

Mar

2017

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

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Wed

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Feb

2017

Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

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Wed

11

Jan

2017

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

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Fri

06

Jan

2017

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

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Mon

22

Feb

2016

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

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