The cliffs of the Kvarner Bay islands of
Cres, Krk, Prvić and Plavnik are the nesting sites of the
last population of griffon vultures in Croatia. Nesting on
cliffs rising out of the sea is a characteristic of the Kvarner
population of griffon vultures. Watching these birds with
a wingspan of 2.8 meters as they soar the sky in groups and
“comb” the ground in search of carrion – mainly
dead sheep – is an unforgettable experience. Our behaviour
towards the griffon vulture can help to ensure that future
generations will also be able to marvel at this natural phenomenon.
How can we help to conserve the Griffon Vulture?
- Should you notice a griffon vulture that is hurt, has
been poisoned or is unable to fly, please contact the relevant
institution (dial emergency service number 112) to ensure
the bird is rescued in time and delivered to the Griffon
Vulture Rescue Centre.
- Please report any inappropriate behaviour you witness
that affects griffon vultures (such as someone hunting or
disturbing them, climbing to their nests, taking their eggs,
etc) to the County Protection and Rescue Centre at 112.
- Please do not sail at high speed below the cliffs where
griffon vultures are nesting.
- Please do not climb the cliffs within the ornithological
reserve or at other sites that griffon vultures frequent
or where they might nest. Please do not approach the birds.
- Please do not disturb any vultures you might see on the
cliffs. Do not clap your hands, yell and or in any other
way create noise. Do not linger in your vessels beneath
cliffs with nesting vultures.