The buildings will hopefully result in the reestablishment of those magnificent birds as a breeding species in Bulgaria.
An integral a part of the rewilding course of is creating the fitting environmental situations for wildlife to make a comeback of its personal accord. This autumn two extra synthetic black vulture nests had been constructed within the Rhodope Mountains rewilding space in Bulgaria. Black vultures are final thought to have bred in Bulgaria in 1993, and it’s hoped that these buildings will result in reestablishment of the birds as a breeding species right here.
“The nests are at present unoccupied,” explains Dobromir Dobrev, a vulture skilled connected to the Rewilding Rhodopes workforce. “Nevertheless it takes time for the vultures to develop into accustomed to and begin occupying them. The nests are positioned a sure distance aside to resemble a pure colony, which hopefully will increase their attractiveness to the birds.”
The places of the substitute nests had been chosen based on a fancy GIS mannequin and varied scientific publications. The bottom of those spectacular buildings is usually 1.5 metres in diameter, with a thickness of as much as half a metre. The higher half is constituted of natural supplies, such because the branches of bushes and inexperienced moss, to make the nests as pure and attractive as attainable.
Because the LIFE Vultures venture started in 2016, 12 synthetic have been constructed within the rewilding space. The venture was developed by Rewilding Europe, in collaboration with the Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), and a spread of different companions. Specializing in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding space in Bulgaria, in addition to a bit of the Rhodope Mountains in northern Greece, the intention of the venture is to help the restoration and additional enlargement of the black and griffon vulture populations on this a part of the Balkans, primarily by enhancing pure prey availability, and by decreasing mortality by way of elements akin to poaching, poisoning and collisons with energy traces.
Over the subsequent few years, extra synthetic black vulture nests will probably be in-built species-appropriate habitats in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains. As soon as widespread in Bulgaria, the final confirmed knowledge on black vultures as a breeding species right here dates again 25 years, when a pair nested within the Studen Kladenets area.
The one remaining black vulture colony within the Balkans is positioned in Dadia Nationwide Park, which is positioned within the Greek part of the Rhodope Mountains, about 25 kilometres from the border with Bulgaria. The focus of birds in a single explicit space will increase the chance of extinction; supporting the institution of recent satellite tv for pc colonies will hopefully mitigate this danger, and result in additional recolonisation in different elements of the Balkans and past.
- Learn extra concerning the LIFE Vultures venture here.
- Study extra concerning the Rhodope Mountains rewilding space here.
- Go to the Rewilding Rhodopes Fb web page here.