logo_enThe Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) is the first nature conservation organization to be registered in Bulgaria after the fall of communism. It was founded on June 3, 1988 and in 2013 it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

In the early years of its existence, the BSPB initiated the first actual practical actions for the conservation of nature. Due to the first supplementary feeding programmes for vultures the Griffon Vulture was saved from extinction in the country – its population in the wild increased from 4 to more than 70 pairs.

In the BSPB we work for the conservation of wild birds, the areas important for them and their habitats. We defend the right of existence of wildlife and thus we contribute for the sustainable use of natural resources, as well as for the well-being of mankind. In the BSPB we work for the people too: we defend the public interest and everybody’s right to a preserved nature and a healthy environment.

The BSPB is one of the few Bulgarian non-governmental organizations with active membership and structures across the country. Membership is voluntary. The structures of the BSPB in different parts of the country depend on the support of the organization members – granted at the very least through their membership fee. Our members come from different ages and fields of interest; they are brought together by their love for nature and wild birds as well as by their will to change their lives for the better.

The BSPB is a part of BirdLife International – a global nature conservation organization, founded in 1922; BirdLife International is a network of partnering organizations in over 100 countries in the world with over 2.6 million members and 10 million supporters.

The mission of the BSPB
The BSPB works for the conservation of wild birds, the areas important for them and their habitats, together with the conservation of biodiversity as a whole, thus contributing for the sustainable use of natural resources and the well-being of mankind too.

Our vision is of a world where humans recognize the equal right of existence and hospitable environment for all biological species; a world where the use of natural resources is inseparably tied to taking measures to ensure their natural recovery; a world where all human communities have equal rights to the use of natural resources and to the services provided by nature.

Current Projects:

Urgent measures to secure the survival of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Bulgaria and Greece

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Short name: “The return of the Neophron” (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152)

Goal/ Tasks: Prevent extinction of the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria and Greece.

Duration: 5 years project. Start date 01.10.2011/End date 31.12.2016.

Target areas:

27 Natura 2000 zones: PROVADIYSKO-ROYAKSKO PLATEAU; LOMOVETE; KAMCHIYSKA MOUNTAIN; KOTLENSKA MOUNTAIN; DOBROSTAN; MADZHAROVO; STUDEN KLADENETS; KRUMOVITZA; ARDA BRIDGE; BYALA REKA; SAKAR; IVAILOVGRAD RESERVOIR; DASOS DADIAS-SOUFLI; NOTIO DASIKO SYMPLEGMA EVROU; OREINOS EVROS-KOILADA DEREIOU; KOILADA FILIOURI; KOILADA KOMPSATOU; KENTRIKI RODOPI KAI KOILADA NESTOU; ORI TZENA-PINOVO; ORI ORLIAKAS KAI TSOURGIAKAS; ANTICHASIA ORI KAI METEORA; KORYFES OROYS KOZIAKA; ORI PARAMYTHIAS, STENA KALAMA STENA ACHERONTA; ORI TSAMANTA, FILIATON, FARMAKOVOUNI, MEGALI RACHI; OROS TYMFI (GAMILA; OROS DOUSKON, ORAIOKASTRO, DASOS MEROPIS, KOILADA GORMOU, LIMNI DELVINAKIOU; KENTRIKO ZAGORI KAI ANATOLIKO TMIMA OROUS MITSIKELI.

Partners:

Coordinating beneficiary Bulgarian Society for The Protection of Birds (BSPB) partners: Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS); World Wildlife Fund-Greece (WWF); Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Activities:
•    Increase knowledge of mortality factors affecting the Balkan breeding population;
•    Increase knowledge of migration routes and wintering areas through satellite telemetry;
•    Increase the availability of safe food for Egyptian vultures;
•    Improve breeding success by providing supplementary feeding;
•    Reduce the mortality risk due to linear infrastructure development;
•    Increase awareness of and support for Egyptian vulture conservation;
•    Facilitate networking with other stakeholders.

Expected results:

The project actions will directly address all confirmed threats that face Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria and Greece that contribute to the long-term decline of this endangered species:
•    Knowledge of the mortality factors affecting the Balkan breeding population is significantly improved;
•    Satellite telemetry of 40 juvenile and adult Egyptian vultures builds knowledge of the migration routes and wintering areas of the Balkan breeding population;
•    Illegal poison has a reduced impact as a mortality factor in project Natura sites;
•    Significant amounts of safe food provided through a series of delivery methods;
•    Value of supplementary feeding to improve breeding success better understood;
•    Disturbance and direct persecution affecting the Egyptian vulture are reduced;
•    Mechanisms tested to prevent bird crime affecting Egyptian vultures;
•    Risk of mortality from collision or electrocution reduced;
•    Support for Egyptian vulture conservation increases measurably among key
•    Audiences;
•    The Greek National Species Action Plan for the Egyptian vulture is published;
•    Networking with stakeholders improves the extent and effectiveness of experts and partners along the flyway to conserve the Balkan breeding population.

Financing:

The program LIFE+ of ЕС
The A.G. Leventis Foundation

Web site: www.LifeNeophron.eu

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