On December 18th 2017 the local hinting group brought to the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters – Pleven the carcass of a Griffon Vulture found dead near the town of Ugarchin. The bird had a plastic yellow ring inscribed 8A6. The yellow colour of rings and wing-tags with three-alpha-numeric codes were exclusively saved for vultures of Spanish origin until very recently. This is why all Griffons released within the vulture restoration programme in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria also carry yellow wing tags and rings. They however all carry codes, starting with the letter “K” and here we were, with a bird tagged with an 8!
On December 1st after signal by a civilian, the corpse of a Griffon vulture was found in the region of Kotel city. A member of the Bright future for the Black vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 project from the Wild Flora and Fauna Fund, immediately responded to the signal, who unfortunatelly confirmed that the bird was from the rare species.
On December 3rd a vulture in distress was admitted in the Wildlife rescue center, which has been found in the region of the village of Graf Ignatievo. The vulture has been found during hunting day by the local hunting group and after that they have submitted a signal in the Wildlife rescue center.
On December 4th 2017 in Kresna gorge an initiative was held, during which 300 trees were planted. Members of the team of Bright future for the black vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 project participated in the activity. Employees from the administrative team also had the possibility to take part and to learn more about the filed work for the vultures conservation, which is extremely important for their effectiveness and motivation for realization of the project aims.
As we have already informed you, in October and November 2017, 5 juvenile Griffon vultures in “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park were tagged, all of them hatched in the wild. Very soon after that the first data for observations of some of the marked birds were reported.
The National biodiversity council ratified all the three action plans, proposed by the team of Green Blakans, the Wild flora and fauna fund and the Society for protection of raptors and assessed them as three of the most significant plans for conservation of species of birds in Bulgaria, these are in particular – Griffon vulture, Black vulture and Bearded vulture.
Green Balkans had the honor and pleasure to present the plans for the reintroduction of Bearded Vulture in Bulgaria at the Annual meeting of the experts on the species, which took place in 10-12.11. in Passy, France.