At the beginning of April 2019, an International Workshop on Illegal Poisoning of wild animals was held in Nova Varoša in Serbia, organized by the Vulture Protection Foundation, the Serbian Association for Protection and Study of Birds, the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation from Belgrade, the Serbian Nature Conservation Institute and the Uvac Reserve.
The survival of the vultures in the Balkans and in Europe brought representatives of professional organizations and state institutions from across the region to Uvac. There were representatives of 17 countries.
Our Irena Hribšek at the very beginning presented the status of the Vultures in the Balkans, threats and mortality.
The most important part of the workshop was training by experts from Spain, who have great experience about the fight against illegal poisoning. Subjects such as: collection of samples, autopsy, toxicological analyzes, legal procedures and the application of penal policy were discussed.
One of the slides that best illustrates the current status of the vultures in the Balkans is:
We are proud of the number of populations of our Griffon Vultures and we hope that we will be able to return the lost species so that they can also cruise the Serbian sky, just like the Griffon Vultures.
Our team with dear friends Goran Sušić from the “Grifon – Birds of Prey Conservation Society” and Mr. Michele Terrase from VCF.