Meteora: One Of The Oldest And Most Important Climbing Destinations In Greece

Meteora: One Of The Oldest And Most Important Climbing Destinations In Greece

Meteora is one of the oldest and most important organized climbing fields in Greece and one of the most recognizable destinations in the world. For almost 50 years, the imposing cliffs have attracted hundreds of climbers from all over the world. At the same time, however, they are a paradise for many species of birds, the most characteristic of all being the Egyptian vulture, which although in the past was the symbol of the area (with more than 50 pairs), today it has reached critical numbers.

Disturbance from climbing activity is a potential danger to birds, but can be avoided with appropriate actions. There is “space” for everyone on the rocks and the harmonious coexistence of climbers and birds is possible where there is sensitivity, good cooperation and proper planning. In the spirit of coexistence, researchers from two projects of HOS/BirdLife Greece (LIFE Bonelli eastMed, EV New LIFE Project) and the people of «Climb in Meteora» and the Alpine Club of Kalambaka  met on Friday, 1st of April in Kalambaka, at Climb’s base. A presentation on the avian fauna of Meteora and especially the endangered Egyptian vulture was carried out. Participants also discussed how and under which conditions climbing can be a danger to birds, while the outdoor activities online sensitivity map developed in the framework of LIFE Bonelli eastMed was presented. The next day we practiced and conducted joint research to identify possible sensitive areas / fields / routes where climbing activity may need to be timed. In fact, with the valuable advice of the climbers, the exact location of two nests of Black Storks was identified, which until now had not been recorded.


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The LIFE Bonelli eastMed project “Conservation & Management of the Bonelli's eagle population in east Mediterranean” will address the most critical threats to Bonelli’s eagle populations in Greece and Cyprus. The overall objective is to ensure the long-term favourable conservation status for the species’ interconnected local populations, through the establishment and operation of the East Mediterranean Bonelli’s Eagle Network.

The project is implemented by the Natural Museum of Crete - University of Crete, the Game and Fauna Service (Game Fund) - Cyprus, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, the Ministry of Environment & Energy - Greece, the Department of Forests - Cyprus and the NCC Environmental Studies Ltd with the financial contribution of the LIFE instrument of the EE.

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