Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna

The future of Vulture in Balkans: tackling threats and building network opportunities

An International workshop: “The future of Vulture in Balkans: tackling threats and building network opportunities” was held on 07-09 December 2018 in Messolonghi, Greece. Participants from different Balkan countries took place. They varied from representatives of governmental and municipal institutions to NGO and local community members.

Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, Green Balkans and Birds of Prey Protection Society have presented Bulgarian experience in vulture conservation in the frame of Vultures back to LIFE 14 NAT/BG/649. Bulgarian presentations listed here:

  • Population Boost of the Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus (Hablizl, 1783) (Accipitridae) in Bulgaria Based on Reintroductions
  • Breakthroughs in combating poison-related challenges to vulture conservation in the Balkans that could be intensified and widely used elsewhere
  • Captive breeding in Bulgaria and Zoo networks in Europe

Final VULTURE Book of Abstracts

The Workshop summed up all the current threats to vultures on the Balkans and gave opportunity to strengthen the network of the conservationists. Some of the themes of the discussions were: Networking, common monitoring, project opportunities and fund raising campaign in Balkans, Common threats-common conservation actions (wind farms-poison ), Population management: reintroduction, captive breeding, vulture restaurants.

Conservationists shared out big concerns about the rising investors’ interest in wind farms building in Pindus Mountain. As a very strategic place and a stepping stone, which concentrates hundreds of vultures in summer period, the Pindus could turn into a great ecological trap.

During the trip the guests and hosts enjoyed wonderful views of vultures and thereby our team identified Griffon vultures, which had been previously tagged in Bulgaria. The hosts demonstrated GPS/GSM tagging of vultures and two of them were released.