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The Vultures are settling in the Baronnies

Present in the Mediterranean coast until the early twentieth century, the vultures may have just disappeared from the French landscape. The causes are related to man: hunting, poisoning and the implementation of a law which stipulates removal of all cow and sheep carcasses. The association "Vautours en Baronnies" is committed to favour the vultures return.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Vulture © C. Teissier

  • Project partner:  Vautours en Baronnies association, www.vautoursenbaronnies.com
  • Country:  France
  • Project type: Preservation of the environment
  • Budget: €3,000 in 2009

In 1996, the reintroduction of the Griffon Vulture in the south of France by the association "Vautours en Baronnies" began the return of large birds of prey. Thirteen years later, the Griffon Vultures are well established. The colony has over three hundred individuals. The Egyptian Vulture, a species which seemed doomed to disappear, spontaneously returned to this region, attracted by the presence of the colony. Today the association plans the return of the Cinereous Vulture, a rare species in Europe.

Today the Baronnies provençales is home to the most beautiful population of Griffon Vultures in the Alps. This environmental success is also an economic success: about 20,000 birdwatchers come each year.

A movie about the vultures is being made to educate the public, schoolchildren, farmers, and also local officials to protect these fine creatures vital for our natural ecosystems.

Updated in september 2014


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