Participants in the first Supervisory Board meeting of the “Life for Eagles’ Habitats” project agreed that despite the epidemiological situation in the country and the world, the project can start.

In the middle of last week, considering all the necessary measures to limit the spread of COVID 19, the first Project Supervisory Board meeting was held. It was attended, live and online, by 10 representatives of the project partners – the Executive Forest Agency, the Northeast and Southeast State Companies and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds.

“The only postponed activities scheduled for implementation in the past period were related to events requiring gathering of many people in one place. All other activities are progressing well, or with minor delays. “The latter will be compensated when the situation in the country returns to normal,” the chairman of the Supervisory Board reported.

At the beginning of the meeting, the representatives of the Supervisory Board reported on the results of the implementation of the Eagle’s Forests project and its contribution to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Development of the Forestry Sector in Bulgaria (2014–2023). The current project is a continuation of the Eagle Forests project.

Special attention was paid to the 13 new Lesser Spotted Eagle nests found in the country and the allocation of 60 new nesting territories since the beginning of the breeding season this year. Before the start of the season, five photo traps were installed to closely monitor the life of the Lesser Spotted Eagles.

During the epidemic situation, the restoration of almost 12 ha of forest shelter belts in the region of Dobrich and Balchik was agreed, as well as the transformation of 9.9 ha of coniferous plantations into deciduous forest. In recent days, a further 6 ha of forest shelter belts have also been identified for restoration.

By the end of the summer, three satellite transmitters of Lesser Spotted Eagles are to be placed. Details about the transmitters are coming up! Follow us at @EagleForests on Facebook.