Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna

Planned huge safeguard of powerlines for birds in Western Bulgaria has met out team and CEZ Company

Bright future for Black vulture’s team has met managers from the local electricity providing company CEZ to present and discuss dangerous powerlines and how to stop killing of birds. Emilian Stoynov, who is the Director of Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and is a part of project’s team, has presented the various accidents with birds-victims from electrocution. He stated that the different pylons damage or kill birds in diverse ways, so the isolation should become cautiously and differentially. A company that sells insulators and consumables for safeguard the powerlines has introduced its products.

Dr. Atanas Grozdanov, who is a board member of FWFF and zoology professor from Sofia University, has shared his experience from scientific and education expeditions had witnessed all kinds of damaged bird species found under the powerlines. He underlined the problem, which looks as a one of the major threats for birds nowadays in Bulgaria.

To remind that just very recently on 9th February a citizen called for a dead vulture, found under an electricity pylon close to the town of Sliven. The wing-tag K8P allowed us to recognize the bird as a female, imported from Cataluna, Spain in 2014.

It appears to be about the fortieth vulture victim of electrocution due to dangerous powerlines in Bulgaria since the beginning of reintroduction projects. This seems to be the strongest threat to birds of prey.

To safeguard the power lines is a duty to the local electricity providing companies EVN and CEZ,

which demonstrate a will to do it. In the frame of LIFE14/ NAT/BG/ 649 Bright future for black vulture project there will be isolated 170 pylons. Fortunately the electric companies have already realized the problem and had launched a vast isolation of powerlines in Sakar via LIFE for Safe Grid. Another project will start soon in Western Bulgaria too.

Our team suggests using only safeguard types of pylons for the new established lines for future. Otherwise we risk having a constant problem with permanent need for secondary improvement of powerlines, which is not sustainable and very expensive process.

In 2015, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and Green Balkans partnership went on with another project called Bright future for Black vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/000649 aims to recover of the other vulture species on the Balkans.

Since 2012, FWFF and CEZ have isolated some pylons within LIFE for Kresna Gorge, a new-home for Griffon vulture colony, had been reintroduced in the gorge.