Vultures’ home in the Vratsa Balkan

Vultures’ home in the Vratsa Balkan

In the past days we visited the “Natura” Environmental Centre in Vratsa and the vultures' home there – the Vratsa Balkan.

How many vulture species are met in Bulgaria, what do they feed with, where do they live and why are they in danger?
To these and many other questions we answered with a presentation about vultures in the Vratsa Balkan.
Together with an expert from the Society for Protection of Birds of Prey – George Stoyanov, visitors learned interesting facts and with what difficulties they go through daily so that these majestic birds can soar in the Bulgarian sky.

The interactive puzzles helped the youngest children to learn more curious facts about the Black Vultures: what places they prefer for nesting, what is the normal temperature which they maintain, what are the threats for them and finally we ended up with a quiz, which everyone did really well at and received gifts.

The second day of our visit in the Vratsa Balkan was in the field, in the home of the Griffon and Black Vultures. Together with colleagues from the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, the Society for Protection of Birds of Prey and a veterinarian from the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Centre, we visited the feeding site of vultures in the Vratsa Balkan. Samples were taken for testing from 7 crows, three Black Vultures and one of them was released in the nature.

We remind that at the moment a record-breaking number of Black Vultures is observed outside the Eastern Rhodopes. In total 20 Black Vultures were spotted in July, and currently there are 18 in the Vratsa Balkan area.

Nowadays thanks to the efforts and the continuous work of the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, the Society for Protection of Birds of Prey, Green Balkans, countless volunteers and institutions in the Vratsa Balkan area, once again vultures can be observed – about 70 Griffon and 20 Black Vultures. At the territory of the park the “Bright Future for Black Vulture” LIFE 14 NAT/BG/00649 project is realized, which aims to create a stable population of this species in the area.

We would like to thank our hosts from the ‘Vrachanski Balkan’ Nature park directorate with whose assistance this event took place within “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons” LIFE 17/GIE/BG/371 project.