Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna

The first chick of Griffon Vulture hatched in Kotel for the first time since 1970

The first baby Griffon ​​vulture of the new history of the species in the Eastern Balkan Mountains hatched successfully. It was found by Lachezar Bonchev from the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF), which works under the project “Bright Vulture’s Life”

Over 8 pairs are formed in Kotlenska Planina (Kotel Mountain), at least 6 eggs laid and today the first hatch was proved. This became possible in the tenth year since the start of active operations for reintroduction of the Griffon Vulture in this area.

The species had disappeared from much of the country, and Kotel Mountain was among the last of which disappeared in the early 1970s when hunters from the area reported last known nest.

In 2010 a five-year LIFE+ project to restore the species in the Balkan Mountains in partnership between Green Balkans, FWFF and Birds of Prey Protection Society has began. The first ever in the new millennium Griffon Vulture in Stara Planina (Balkan Mountain) hatched successfully and fledged successfully in 2015 in Vrachanski Balkan.

This project “New Life for the vultures” is financed by LIFE financial instrument of EU and implemented jointly by Green Balkans, FWFF, VCF, Euronatur and the Government of Extremadura – Spain, and aims to reintroduce also the Black vulture, for whom the presence of more adaptive Griffon Vulture is very important. Hopefully this hatched vulture is only the beginning of the success story of the recovery of missing and endangered species for the better future of people as part of nature.