We have installed five new artificial nests for Saker falcons!

We have installed five new artificial nests for Saker falcons!

Over the past few days, the team of the 'Reintroduction of the Saker falcon in Bulgaria' project set up five more artificial nests for wild Saker falcon pairs.

This happened after days of our team going around and identifying suitable trees.

Placing nests is a difficult and dangerous job. For it, we have both a terrestrial and a specially trained alpine climbing team. Pre-prepared platforms are pulled to the crown of the trees with ropes, and there, are attached to a pre-selected branch. However, this is not easy at all, as the platforms are heavy and the trees are tall with many branches on the way up.

And this time our assistants in this difficult task were students of veterinary medicine from the Trakia University, part of the 'Student Internships - Phase 2' project of the Ministry of Education, funded by the Operational Program 'Science and Education for Smart Growth', co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Despite the difficulties, this year we managed to put a total of 11 nests, and by the end of next year, we hope they will become 20.

We sincerely believe that the nests will be attractive for young Saker falcon pairs to raise their young in them.

We remind you that every year on the outskirts of Stara Zagora our team releases between 10 and 20 young birds hatched in our country. It was two of them that managed to nest successfully in 2018 and create the first breeding pair of Saker falcons in Bulgaria in decades.

The 'Reintroduction of the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria' project is financed by Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund and Armeec JSC.