This Saturday we counted an absolute record of 323 Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes. This was written on their official Facebook page by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB). And they pointed out that this is the highest number of birds found so far in the area since 2005.

Teams of BSPB and Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation took part in the census. The two organizations recall that the traditional monitoring of the roosting of Griffon Vultures on the Balkan Peninsula has been carried out since 2005. The organizer and coordinator of the initiative is BSPB in partnership with nature conservation organizations from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Macedonia.

The monitoring takes place at the beginning of winter, when the breeding season of the vultures begins, Rewilding Rhodopes said on Facebook.

The aim is to determine the population size of Griffon Vultures in the Balkans, as well as their age structure. In Bulgaria, the annual monitoring covers the Eastern Rhodopes, Stara Planina and the Kresna Gorge, the foundation said.

In an interview for BTA Dobromir Dobrev from BSPB commented that only 2010 pairs breed on the territory of Bulgaria are breeding on the territory of Bulgaria. In 47, only140 pairs breed on the territory of Bulgaria, and now they are over <>, he informed in September in connection with the celebration of the International Vulture Awareness Day.

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