New nests for Black Vultures

New nests for Black Vultures

Remote sites, undisturbed by human activities, were identified as corresponding to the habitat model developed under the project. These sites hold trees with suitable natural top branching. The artificial nests were made of materials normally used by vultures.

Since Black Vultures are colonially breeding birds, seeking instinctively the presence of other individuals of the same species, a Black Vulture decoy was placed near the artificial nests to stimulate breeding. This dummy is a perfect imitation of an adult breeder.

Placing dummies to stimulate vulture breeding is an innovative methodology, being applied for the first time in Bulgaria. More dummies and artificial nests are to be mounted in the future.

Despite the poor weather conditions and the rain, the work was done thanks to the enthusiasm of our volunteers Aleksandar Mechev, Yasen Dyulgerov, and Borislav Enchev. We, hereby express our most sincere gratitude!

We would also like to thank Eng. Georgi Sheremetev - Director of “Studen Kladenets” Hunting Station, for his warm hospitality!

Additional information:
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is an emblematic species of high conservation significance both in Bulgaria and Europe. There are three areas harboring natural colonies – the Crimean Peninsula, Spain, and Dadia Reserve in Greece. Adult individuals have been reported for the Eastern Rhodope region; however, no breeding has been confirmed for more than 15 years now. The last proven breeding of this species in Bulgaria was reported by a team of Green Balkans in 1993. Since then, no nest has been found in Bulgaria.
One of the limiting factors is the lack of suitable big trees having umbrella-like crowns, such as Mediterranean pines used as a nesting substrate by the Black Vultures in Dadia.
These birds build impressive nests – up to 2m in diameter and more than 1m in height. Some of the nests are repaired annually, thus reaching immense proportions.

The artificial nests were mounted within the project “Conservation activities for target species from the EC Bird Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture and Imperial Eagle, in their main habitats in Bulgaria”, contract No 58301 – С - 008, OPE BG161PO005/08/3/01/05.

The project is implemented by Green Balkans with the financial support of the European Fund for Regional Development of the EU and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through Operational Program “Environment 2007 – 2013” (, Third Axis “Protection and rehabilitation of the biological diversity”, project № 58301–60-480, contract № 58301 – С – 008, according to procedure BG161PO005/08/3/01/05.

For further information, please contact:
Borislav Borisov, Black Vulture Coordinator
Mobile: +359 884 269 552