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Tree planting in the Mountains of Pirin

04/02/2017

On March 19th, volunteers of Green Balkans and interns from the “Student practices” programme of the Ministry of Education and Science carried out a tree planting campaign in the area of the Pirin NP, where the Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project activities take place. A total of 550 saplings of Black Pine were planted in order to improve the nesting habitat of Black Vulture.


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An anti-poison unit with a specially trained dog joins the poison detection efforts in Kresna

03/31/2017

The search for poison and poisoned baits in Kresna Gorge has been reinforced by the presence of an anti-poison unit, the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. Bars, a specially trained dog, and his handler Nikolai Terziev from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), who participate in the vulture conservation work in the Rhodope Mountains, arrived in the area of Kresna yesterday.


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Tobacco manufacturers from the area of Sakar, representatives of Socotab Holding Jsc. and Green Balkans' volunteers planted 550 trees in areas destroyed by the fire near Ravna polyana village

03/28/2017

On May 24 the fourth joint forestation was held by the teams of Socotab Holding Jsc. and Green Balkans. It was realized in the area of Ravna gora village on terrains provided by Svilengrad municipality and dastroyed by fire. Participants were tobacco manufacturers from the area of Sakar, representatives of Socotab Holding Jsc. and Green Balkans' volunteers (participants in the Students practices program by the Ministry of education and science), who planted 550 trees.
 


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Illegal use of poisons in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, ruins 15 years of efforts for the return of Griffon Vultures in the region. Environmentalists appeal to institutions and citizens for urgent measures to save the colony in the gorge.

03/27/2017

Illegal use of poisons in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, ruins 15 years of efforts for the return of Griffon Vultures in the region. Environmentalists appeal to institutions and citizens for urgent measures to safe the colony in the gorge.
From March 12, 2017, the team of the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF), one of the partners of the project New life for vultures LIFE14 NAT/BG649, are witnessing the decimation of almost all birds from the newly established colony of Griffon Vultures in the region of Kresna Gorge.


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First nest of Griffon Vultures in Central Balkan Mountains

03/13/2017

The young birds surprised the team of Green Balkans, placing its nest on… the ground!
The vultures from the programme for the restoration of vultures in the Balkan Mountains sometimes present us with real surprises… Just like two of the birds, seen regularly near the vulture adaptation aviary at the village of Tuzha, Central Balkan. Yesterday, the field assistant of the Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project informed us that there is pair of vultures sitting on an egg in a nest on the ground. The team of Green Balkans got quite confused as Griffon Vultures usually nest in remote cliffs high above the ground. Furthermore, the birds remaining in the area of release are mostly young, there are no nearby colonies in the mountains so we did not expect breeding attempts so soon.


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