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Counting of Griffon vultures in Bulgaria and Greece

Good news from BSPB about the vulture population. Griffon Vultures bred with 56 pairs in the Eastern Rhodopes in 2011. The population is recovering strongly, from 10 pairs in 1994 to 35 in 2005, and now 56 nesting pairs.

November counts with 60 participants in 30 teams to find out how many individual Griffon Vultures are living in Bulgaria and Greece, produced a grand total of 219 Griffons. The Eastern Rhodopes happen to be the favorite area for the vultures. In the Bulgarian part of the Eastern Rhodopes 150 birds were registered, at  the Greek side of the mountain 41 Griffon Vultures were counted.

The counting project in Bulgaria is carried out by teams of BSPB, NGO "Green Balkans", Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) and the Society for the Protection of birds of prey, and in Greece by  WWF Greece and the Greece Ornithological Society.

More information about the counting results could be found here.

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