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A pair of Imperial Eagles occupied an artificial nest placed by the Green Balkans 10 years ago
[ 28.04.2020 ]
The breeding platform was placed by conservationists to improve the breeding habitats of Imperial Eagles. 

The artificial nest was installed in 2010 by the Green Balkans team within the scope of the Saint Ilia Hills Protected Area (BG0000401), part of the Natura 2000 ecological network. Since then, experts are eagerly awaiting the nest to host a breeding pair of Imperial Eagles, but so far only Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo Rufinus) has benefited from the hospitality of the team. So today, the right choice of mounting locations for artificial nests has been rewarded, and a newly formed pair of Imperial Eagles have settled into the cozy nesting platform.

The conservation initiative launched more than a decade ago, was part of the 'Conservation activities for target species under the EC Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle, in their main habitats in Bulgaria', implemented by Green Balkans with the support of the Operational Program “Environment 2007-2013”. In the territorial scope of the project - 30 Thracian Eagle nests were installed in the Upper Thracian Plain and nearby neighboring territories, where only 4 pairs of rare eagles were breeding at that time. Thanks to these structures, the first successful breeding of the Imperial Eagle in the artificial nest was recorded in 2010. Since then, the species population in this region of Bulgaria has increased many times.

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