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Imperial eagle in the urban jungle on video

(Photo:LIFE07 NAT/BG/000068)

30 August 2012 The LIFE+ project, ‘Save the Raptors’ (LIFE07 NAT/BG/000068), which was carried out by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, has recently launched a video on the Eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) and the communication of its conservation needs through contemporary art.

A giant 20 m graffiti artwork was created recently on the front wall of a public school at the very heart of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city, as part of a charitable initiative featuring four graffiti artists. The impressive mural tells the story of the globally endangered eagle species. Only 23 pairs of this majestic bird remain, and these are found in remote regions of Sakar and West Strandja in southeast Bulgaria.

With initiatives such as the one undertaken in co-operation with a school, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds is aiming to reach young audiences and to leave a long-lasting legacy for the LIFE+ ‘Save the Raptors Project’. The giant graffiti is visible to everyone who walks by the school building and now a new video of its creation is available on the internet.

For more information about the project, visit

The adventures of returning vultures

(Photo:LIFE08 NAT/BG/000278)

06 August 2012 The LIFE+ Nature project 'Vultures Return in Bulgaria'  (LIFE08 NAT/BG/000278) has successfully reached the highway point, and the project beneficiary, the nature conservation NGO Green Balkans, has marked the occasion by publishing some charming reports about the adventures of its three returning birds: Bulgarka the traveller, Liubka the inquisitive and Freeda the free-flyer.

Here you can read the latest news about the three griffon vultures, which were bred in Spain and released into the wild in Bulgaria last year. This includes the story of how Freeda caused quite a stir in Poland! For more information about the project and to find out how you can 'adopt a vulture' click here.



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