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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Oct

2018

Riga - one of the 3 cinereous vultures reintroduced in Bulgaria a few weeks ago, made it to Western Greece after a flight across the Balkans

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Latest news from LIFE Re-Vultures

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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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Sep

2018

A great breeding season for Balkan Griffon vultures

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Aug

2018

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

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Aug

2018

Cinereous vulture found dead in the Rhodope Mountains

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Aug

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE Re-Vultures newsletter

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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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Jul

2018

More Griffon Vultures Tagged in Rhodope Mountains

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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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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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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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Apr

2018

On the road in Bulgaria tonight

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10

Apr

2018

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

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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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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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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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Feb

2018

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

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Feb

2018

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

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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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Jan

2018

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

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Jan

2018

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

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Wed

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Dec

2017

Bulgarian partners visit nest platforms for cinereous vultures in Portugal

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Dec

2017

Cinereous Vulture Flyway Action Plan published

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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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Sat

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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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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

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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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