About us, Achievements

The project has contributed toward the increase in numbers of the Imperial eagle in Bulgaria. In 2009, there had been 20 known nests in Bulgaria and they were 24 in 2013, which is a record ever since any active conservation and monitoring measures have been carried out in Bulgaria. Activities such as nest guarding and artificial feeding have increased breeding success by 30%.

The first ever large-scale program for satellite tracking of Imperial eagles has allowed us to know the reasons for the high mortality rates of juvenile birds. These are electrocution as a result of perching on non-safeguarded electric poles, poisoning and shooting. Having tagged 25 juvenile birds with transmitters, we have obtained substantially more information about the areas occupied by the Imperial eagles, their migration routes and their way of life.

After placing 35 artificial nests during the Project, we can now boast with 3 such nests occupied by newly formed Imperial eagle pairs.

Nearly 600 electricity transmission network poles in areas inhabited by Imperial eagles in Sakar, West Strandzha and near the town of Sliven have been safeguarded which will lead to fewer accidents and electric shocks along the transmission network.

A new Agro-environmental measure, 214, of Axis 2 of the Rural Development Program has been introduced to provide compensation to farmers whose lands provide habitat to the Imperial eagle. These farmers will receive the highest present direct payments of 324 Euro per hectare, provided that they transform ploughed areas into pastures and maintain them by livestock grazing or by making hay. This will help the survival of the European Souslik - the preferred prey by the Imperial eagle, and, also, of other wild animals inhabiting grass habitats and which are also eaten by eagles.

Scores of meetings with key local communities - farmers, hunters and local business representatives, have been conducted. Biology teachers from 257 schools have been trained in Natura 2000 areas throughout the country. The scores of media releases, awareness materials, social networks and the gigantic 25 m. high grafitti of an Imperial eagle on Secondary Education School No. 32 in downtown Sofia mean that many more people know about the difficult fate ot the Imperial eagles in Bulgaria and about the efforts of the BSPB to protect the species.