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International workshop on supplementary feeding stations for vultures in Sardinia

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International workshop on supplementary feeding stations for vultures in Sardinia

The international workshop on supplementary feeding stations for vultures in Sardinia is fast approaching!

During the first two days, presenters will share the best practices from various European projects, while on the third day, participants will have a chance to visit farm feeding stations and observe Griffon Vultures during a field trip.

The workshop, organized by the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) within the LIFE Safe for Vultures project, will take place from 18 to 20 October 2022 in Alghero, Sardinia.

Registration

The event is free to attend and open to all. Interested participants need to register via the online form by 7 October 2022.

Programme

Day 1 – Tuesday 18th October

09:00 – Welcome and registration
09:30 – Opening addresses
10:00 – The LIFE Safe for Vultures – review of the project and the action on supplementary feeding, Fiammetta Berlinguer, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Università degli Studi di Sassari, LIFE Safe for Vultures
10:30 – Implementation, Monitoring and Impact of Supplementary Feeding Stations for Griffon Vultures: A review of the scientific literature, Julien Terraube, VCF
11:00 – The Sardinia regulation on supplementary feeding, Sara Rebecca Cagelli, Veterinary Hygiene Service for Breeding and Livestock Production ASL 1, Sassari
11:30 – Coffee-break
12:00 – Feeding sites for vultures and other birds of Prey in Italy, Fulvio Genero, VCF
12:30 – The role of the centralized feeding stations in Sardinia, Marco Muzzeddu, Agenzia Regionale Forestas 12:45 – The activities of the CFVA in the project and the relationship with the territory, Commissioner Giovanni Tesei, Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Forestry Corps e di Vigilanza Ambientale
13:00 – Lunch
15:00 – Supplementary feeding for Vultures in Spain: current situation, legislation, volumes and impacts, Ruben Moreno-Opo, MITECO
15:30 – Supplementary feeding in France: the system of farm-feeding stations: regulation and practice, Raphael Neouze, LPO / VCF
16:00 – Griffon usage of supplementary feeding in Bulgaria, Volen Arkumarev, BSPB
16:30 – Supplementary feeding and food availability for griffons in the Balkans, Uros Pantovic, VCF
17:00 – Operating a farm-feeding station in Sardinia – the view from the field, Ilaria Fozzi, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari, LIFE Safe for Vultures
17:30 – Movements of released griffon vultures in Sardinia: what do they tell us ?, Jacopo Cerri, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari, LIFE Safe for Vultures

Day 2 – Wednesday 19th October

09:00 – Supplementary feeding for griffons – problems, challenges and opportunities. Context for discussion, José Tavares, VCF
09:30 – Supplementary feeding and ecosystem services: Methodologies to quantify scavenging services and carrying capacity, Julien Terraube, VCF
10:00 – Past and current role of supplementary feeding sites for scavengers to mitigate lead intoxication impact in two high hunting density scenarios. Comparison between the Alps and Massif Central / French Pre-Alps, Enrico Bassi, Stelvio NP – VCF
10:30 – Role and priority of supplementary feeding in the conservation strategy of griffon vultures in the Apennines, Mario Posillico / Mario Cipollone, Department of Carabinieri Biodiversity Castel di Sangro, Rewilding Apennines
11:00 – The role of feeding points for scientific research, monitoring and ecotoxicological investigations. Pierpaolo Storino / Alessandro Andreotti, ISPRA
11:30 Coffee break
12:00 – workshop 1: what are the main bottlenecks in adopting more flexible supplementary feeding regulations (Peninsular Italy, Cyprus, Portugal). Facilitated by José Tavares, VCF and Fiammetta Berlinguer, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari, LIFE Safe for Vultures
13:00 – lunch
15.00 – workshop 2 methods to monitor the impact of supplementary feeding stations, implementation good practice. Facilitated by Julien Terraube, VCF and Jacopo Cerri, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sassari, LIFE Safe for Vultures
16:30 – Conclusions

Day 3 – Thursday 20th October – field trip

Visit two farm feeding stations and the main Griffon Vulture breeding colony in Bosa

Made with the patronage of the Alghero Foundation and the Municipality of Alghero

LIFE Safe for Vultures

LIFE Safe for Vultures logo

LIFE Safe for Vultures is a new project co-financed by the EU’s LIFE Programme, acting as the first step to the restoration of the vulture guild in Sardinia. The University of Sassari leads the project in collaboration with Agenzia Regionale ForestasSardegna Corpo ForestaleE-Distribuzione and the Vulture Conservation Foundation. LIFE Safe for Vultures builds on the work of the successful LIFE Under Griffon Wings, with the ultimate objective for Griffon Vultures to regain their historic ranges and distribution areas from the central-eastern part of Sardinia to the south and at the same time promote the long-term survival of the species on the island. The project team is working to expand the network of farm feeding stations, create several anti-poison dog units to tackle wildlife poisoning, establish an additional feeding station in the south of the island, restock the population by importing 40 additional Griffon Vultures and reduce the threat of collision and electrocution with energy infrastructures.

LIFE SAFE for VULTURES project partner funder logos

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