The Egyptian vulture population in Andalusia stabilizes at 25 pairs

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The Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio of the Junta de Andalucía has informed that the decline of the Egyptian vulture in Andalucía has been arrested – in 2013 the number of breeding territories has stabilized at 25, like in the last few years, after decades of steep decreases.

This is without doubt the result of all the hard work and conservation investment put on by the Consejería, that has developed a regional plan for the restoration and conservation of the vultures (Plan de Recuperación y Conservación de Aves Necrófagas), and has implemented many monitoring and conservation actions. Among these, the anti-poisoning action plan merits emphasis, as poisoned baits are the main threat to the species. The regional government has mapped the main foraging areas of the species in Andalucía, and conducts intensive anti-poisoning surveys and preventive work in those sensitive areas year after year. The consequences are now starting to be seen – also showing that where adequate conservation investment is applied, the results are positive.

The VCF collaborates with the Junta de Andalucia in several vulture conservation projects.

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