Balkan Egyptian Vulture Population down 80% in Last 30 Years – Experts

Sofia, July 8 (BTA) – In the last 30 years the Egyptian Vulture population in the Balkans has declined by 80 per cent, Stoyan Nikolov of the Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds told journalists Wednesday. Nikolov heads “The Return of the Neophron” project and was speaking on the last day of an international working meeting dedicated to the endangered species and hosted by Sofia. There are many challenges because the factors for the
disappearance of the species are complex, Nikolov explained. The birds, which breed in Bulgaria, have to fly over 5,000 km from their wintering sites in Africa and have to tackle many dangers on the way, including windfarms as well as direct shots, not to mention finding sufficient food in Africa or local customs. More…