Just a few weeks after the first case of nest robbing in Bulgaria between 12 and 14 November in Sozopol was held the third seminar named "Enhancing the control and observing the rules in the conservation legislation and risk management". The seminar was attended by representatives of the Association of Bulgarian Prosecutors, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the Bird Crime Officer for Bulgaria of the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” - Dimitar Gradinarov and Guy Shorrock - RSPB Investigations Manager.
The lectures focused on legislation for the protection of biodiversity and the implementing bodies, smuggling of protected species of wild flora and fauna, the investigation of environmental crimes prosecution practice in the country and the structure of the judicial investigation in the UK. The case with the British citizen Jan Ross, charged with destruction of specimens of protected species and especially their eggs was discussed in details, too. A number of other cases of wildlife crimes in Bulgaria were also discussed.
BSPB started working closely years ago with the institutions responsible for the monitoring and combating such crimes – Ministry of Interior, Prosecutor's Office, the Customs Agency, MEW and RIEWs conducting a number of trainings, workshops and trips for exchange of experience in order to build capacity in this area.
After the case with Jan Ross ended BSPB called to allocate appropriate priority in the work of detection and prevention of such crimes Wildlife crimes are new to the attention of law enforcement institutions and media in Bulgaria. Among this type of crimes are also plundering of eggs and young birds for illegal captive breeding or sale, the use of baits, traps and nets, poisoning and poaching shooting.
Just before the seminar - on 11 and 12 November in Sofia a workshop with the "The Return of the Neophron" team and Guy Shorrock from RSPB was held. The workshop aimed to determine the specific areas of work and conservation activities regarding combating crimes against the Egyptian vulture along the path of migration and planning of the communication activities, incl. seminars in Greece and planning the direct involvement of Mr. Guy Shorrock.
On November 12 a lecture at the Faculty of Biology of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" was held, organized by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. The lecture was entitled “Wildlife crimes - the case "Mr. Ross" with lector Mr. Guy Shorrock. Topics for best practices in the UK, the cooperation between institutions and organizations in order to achieve a more effective fight against wildlife crimes and emblematic case of Mr. Ross were the highlights in the lecture.