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Results at May 2013
  • A total of four adaptation aviaries and supplementary feeding sites established and maintained;
  • A toal of 120 Griffon Vultures released since 2009; some 50 birds present at the release sites; some 21 birds awaiting release;
  • Griffon Vultures from Serbia, Southern and South-western Bulgaria attracted; Egyptian Vultures attracted at four out of five supplementary feeding sites;
  • On-going preparation of National Action Plans for the three large vulture species;
  • Networks for collecting dead animals and monitoring the vultures established;
  • On-going antidot campaign;
  • Transhumance practices maintained and promoted;
  • Five National Festivals held;
  • A vulture adoption campaign set;
  • A total of 24 isolated pylons in three problematic areas;
  • A Black Vulture documented at one of the supplementary feeding sited in the Eastern Balkan Mountains;
  • First two subsequent nesting attempts of Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Balkan Mountains for the past 50 years (2012-2013);
  • Two other birds released in the Balkan Mountains, successfully formed pairs and raised young within the existing Griffon Vulture colony in the Eastern Rhodopes.

Results at October 2010
  • Създадени адаптационни волиери в четирите места за пускане (Врачански, Централен Балкан, Сините камъни – Гребенец, Котленска планина);
  • Adaptation aviaries set up at four release sites (Vrachanski Balkan, Central Balkan, Sinite kamani - Grebenets, Kotlenska Stara planina);
  • An anti-dot campaign started;
  • First 31 Griffon Vultures successfully transported to Bulgaria in June 2010, tagged and disseminated among the release sites;
  • Regular feedings at all four release sites;
  • Adult, non-tagged Griffon vultures observed at the adaptation aviary of Vrachanski Balkan in September 2010;
  • An adult non-tagged Griffon Vulture observed at the Central Balkan aviary in September 2010;
  • Two preliminary released Griffons regularly seen at the Kotel release site;
  • A total of 26 Griffon Vultures relesed from the four adaptation aviary in October 2010.

Expected results

We expect the following long-term results:

  • Some 150-200 Griffon Vultures released from the four adaptation aviaries in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria;
  • First attempt for nesting of Griffon Vultures in the Balkan Mountains for the past 50 years.
  • Developed and adopted National Action Plans for Black and Bearded Vultures, guaranteeing long-term sustainability of the vulture conservation efforts;
  • Identified, justified and prepared at least four sites, suitable for reintroduction of Bearded and Black Vultures in Bulgaria;
  • Identified, marked and improved at least 300 ha suitable Pine forests as potential Black Vulture habitats;
  • A total of 20 artificial nests for Black Vulture set up in the Byala reka SPA;
  • Stabilized number of Black Vultures using the supplementary feeding site at Byala reka;
  • Decreased poisoning incidents affecting Vultures and other birds of prey to less than 2 per year in the release areas;
  • Habitat models prepared for Balkan chamois Rupicapra rupicapra balkanica, red deer Cervus elaphus, fallow deer Dama dama as basic natural food source for vultures, restoration and conservation measures outlined for grassland habitats
  • GIS projection of habitat models, feasibility studies of target species and project SPAs;
  • Development of a Sustainable Tourism Development Programme for the target areas (with emphasis on promotion of vultures).
  • Improved capacity of more than 250 people for monitoring, protecting and managing priority habitats and species of park, RIEW officers, veterinaries and hunters;
  • Imrpoved national capacity and expertise to prepare and successfully implement reintroduction programmes;
  • Established and strengthened partnerships with international experts and oragnizations, related to vulture conservation.

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