A recent TV short report on the LIFE GYPCONNECT highlights the aims – and the challenges – of our project.
Shot by Ruedi Bruderer, it shows images of the release of the two bearded vultures this summer in the Baronnies, and the links with reintroductions elsewhere. See http://www.rts.ch/play/tv/couleurs-locales/video/le-gypaete-barbu-est-de-retour-dans-les-alpes?id=8037269
The LIFE+ project GYPCONNECT, funded by the EU LIFE Fund, and led by the League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), in partnership with the VCF, Vautours en Baronnies, Centre National d’ Informations Toxicologiques Vétérinaires, Electricité Réseau Distribution France, Parc National des Cévennes, Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6, started in 2015, and will last for 6 years, and aims to establish a breeding population of bearded vultures in the massif central, as well as in the Pre-Alps, through reintroduction, and promoting dispersal movements between the reintroduced Alps and the wild Pyrenean population.
This project is part of the VCF strategy to restore the species in Europe and promote movements of the species between Iberia and the Alps, thus promoting gene flow, which will also help increasing the genetic diversity of the alpine population, and thus accelerate the end of the Alpine reintroduction.
For more information about LIFE GYPCONNECT please see http://gypaetebarbu.fr/life-gypconnect/