Three months have passed since bearded vultures Clapas, Drumana and Simay were released as part of the LIFE GYPCONNECT project in the Baronnies National Park and how are they doing?
Clapas, Drumana and Simay were the three birds that were released at the beginning of the 2018 bearded vulture 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 Baronnies National Park taking full advantage of the supplementary feeding stations.
Not only have they stayed close to the release site and location of the feeding station they quickly discovered he location of the rendering plot managed by Vautours en Baronnies, which took the two 2017 released birds Volcaire and Girun six months to discover.
The project, led by the League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), in partnership with the VCF 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 population.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 National Park building on the success of 2017's release of eight birds, four in the Grands Causses, two in the Baronnies and two in the Vercors National Parks.