Last June, environmental advocates from the Balkan Peninsula, from Bulgaria to Greece, closely monitored the Egyptian vulture population in the Balkans and the results are alarming. Indeed, they showed a significant decrease of their population. The number of occupied territories decreased by 32% (from 74 to 51) and the number of couples by 37% (from 71 to 45) between 2012 and 2019.
But some news give us hope !
In general, the population of the Balkans is declining, thus accentuating the contrast between the core population of the Eastern Rhodopes Mountains and the other groups of the species in the Balkans. This year the population has continued its decline with the loss of the last group of breeding pairs in Central Greece.
Fortunately, the Eastern Rhodopes group in Bulgaria and in Northern Greece seems to be doing well and some former territories have even been reoccupied.
Although the Balkan population is declining, the reproductive parameters of the different states are the highest in Europe. Even in the states with the smallest populations, the number of chicks exceeds the number of pairs.
2019 was the most successful year for the species in Bulgaria with 30 young chicks raised (only 21 in 2018) by 22 successful bird matings (92% of couples). The ratio of successful mating is the highest ever recorded in Bulgaria.
Here, the link for detailed results in English
One of the main conservation tools used to support the population of Egyptian vultures in the Balkans is the implementation and development of a network of supplementary feeding sites. Thus, many pairs of Egyptian vultures were supported during the breeding season.
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