Captive-bred bearded vultures released in Baronnies doing well

Clapas, Drumana and Simay at a feeding station
Clapas, Drumana and Simay at a feeding station

Three months have passed since bearded vultures Clapas, Drumana and Simay were released as part of the LIFE GYPCONNECT project in the Baronnies Natural Regional Park and how are they doing?


These bearded vultures were released at the beginning of the 2018 release season and since they fledged from their hacking nest they have been exploring their new home gradually. 


The more adventurous of the three, Clapas, left the Baronnies at the end of July and went exploring the rest of the Alps, travelling around 100km west and was recorded in the Ecrins National Park. Drumana and Simay, however are still seen around the Baronnies,  taking full advantage of the supplementary feeding stations. 


Not only have they stayed close to the release site and the local feeding station, but they quickly discovered the location of the larger supplementary feeding site managed by Vautours en Baronnies, which took the two 2017 released birds Volcaire and Girun six months to discover. 


You can see the movements of the two birds here


LIFE GypConnect 

The project, led by the League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), in partnership with the VCF, Vautours en Baronnies and other partners, aims to establish a breeding population of bearded vultures in the Massif Central, as well as in the Pre-Alps, through reintroduction, and promoting dispersal movements between the Alps and the Pyrenean populations.This project is part of the VCF strategy to restore the species in western Europe, now that the Alpine population is firmly re-established with 50+ territorial pairs.


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 Fondation MAVA.


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