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EVN Elektrorazpredelenie EAD will isolate a total of 41 killer pylons to protect the vultures and other birds of prey of Kotlenska planina area

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08/31/2016

This happened after the team of the Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project filed a signal in March 2016, describing the four cases of electrocuted Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) which have been found under two particular power lines since the start of the project. Griffon Vulture is an extremely rare species and Green Balkans and FWFF have been working for its restoration in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria for more than 10 years.

After the signal was submitted, EVN staff, together with FWFF organized a visit on site in April, confirmed the presence of dangerous electricity pylons in the area and discussed the possibilities for their isolation. The 41 pylons identified were classified as two main types – metal frame ones, as well as concrete carrier ones. In order to isolate them, EVN is planning to use a total of 81 isolators and 84 MST wing divertors, which will be purchased by EVN at their own cost. EVN will also cover the expenses for the mounting of the isolators and will therefore justify all the field efforts of Green Balkans and FWFF invested to study and identify the dangerous powerlines. The team of FWFF will attend the isolation in order to support the technicians of EVN in case they need additional help. We therefore hope to prevent future collisions, electrocutions and losses of vultures along the power lines.

Unfortunately, the electricity pylons have been identified to pose one of the main threats for the vultures in the area. Birds like perching on them and in poor weather conditions and high humidity, the large and heavy vultures can easily touch the lines and become victims of electricity. This way we have lost more than 30 Griffon Vultures for the past five years.
This is why this is not the first time EVN Elektrorazpredelenie EAD assists the long-term programme for restoration of vultures in Bulgaria. Until now, following signals sent by FWFF and Green Balkans, the EVN technicians have isolated over 20 pylons, which have been proven to have caused the death of vultures or have been identified as potentially dangerous. 

On behalf of Green Balkans we would like to express our gratitude to the Board of Directors of EVN Elektrorazpredelenie EAD, who have supported this decision and we would like to thank the company for their permanent involvement in biodiversity conservation through isolating the pylons, threatening the large birds of prey.

The actions for studying and isolating the dangerous power lines, are carried out within the Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project, which unites the efforts of fie main partners from four countries – Green Balkans – Stara Zagora and Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) from Bulgaria, the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) from the Netherlands, Junta de Extremadura from Spain and EuroNatur from Germany. It provides for the restoration of Black Vulture in Bulgaria through importing and releasing birds from Spain, improving the nesting conditions and food base, supporting the local livestock breeders, limiting threats and developing national capacities.

За допълнителна информация:
Елена Стоева - Зелени Балкани, Ръководител на проект "Светло бъдеще за черния лешояд" LIFE14 NAT/BG/649, моб. тел. 0887574699
Емилиян Стойнов – Фонд за дивата флора и фауна, моб. тел. 0878573841