A meeting to develop a National Strategy for Combating Poisons in the Wild is taking place in Sofia


On November 26 and 27 a workshop will be held in Sofia to develop a national strategy for combating the use of poisons and poisonous baits in Bulgaria. The meeting will be attended by representatives of institutions, universities, national and international non-governmental organizations whose main purpose is to find the best options for combating one of the biggest threats not only to biodiversity in Bulgaria but also around the world.


The illegal use of poisons and poisonous baits against predators causes irreparable damage, especially to populations of predatory birds, including endangered species such as the Egyptian Vulture and the Imperial Eagle. The most recent reported case of the poisoning of protected species was in September when eight Griffon Vultures and one Golden Eagle were poisoned in the Svoge region, and over 30 Griffon Vultures were poisoned in the Kresna Gorge in March 2017. In 2016 near Strazhets village series of poisoning incidents have been reported, killing over 20 wild and domestic animals.

In these cases, it is noticed that there is a lack of good synchronization between the various institutions responsible for ensuring proper sampling on the ground, securing the areas around poison baits, collecting carcasses of poisoned animals to prevent secondary poisoning, analyzing the collected samples for identification of the poisonous substances and identification of the perpetrators.

The main purpose of the meeting is to develop a National Strategy for Combating Poisons that will provide mechanisms for responding to poisoning cases, ways of gathering evidence, procedures, and responsibilities of different institutions. The forthcoming meeting will look at the roots of the problem of the use of poisons in the wild, as well as ways of fighting and prevention.


The only anti-poison dog unit in Bulgaria from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) will be present at the meeting.


The organizer of the meeting is the BSPB within the framework of the LIFE projects "Conservation of black and griffon vultures in the cross-border Rhodope mountains" and "Egyptian Vulture New LIFE". Among the main participants are representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water, Executive Environment Agency, Ministry of Interior, Regional Directorate for Food Safety, National Diagnostic Veterinary Research Institute, Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria, , IBEI – BAS, BPPS, Green Balkans, FWFF, VCF, the Association of Parks in Bulgaria, Balkani Wildlife Society, Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, Four Paws, Thracian and Agrarian Universities.