The image of the vulture has historically been associated with negative cultural values such as, for example, betrayal, evil and bad luck. In fact, as Gerard Plana, conservation technician at Trenca, explains, these birds of prey have always been branded as an animal related to death. But if we leave prejudice aside, there are a number of reasons why we should admire, protect and conserve these extraordinary animals.
The most important role played by carrion-eaters, those that feed on dead bodies, is to eliminate the remains of animals left out in the countryside and which could be an important source of disease. That is why vultures play a significant role in the natural balance of ecosystems and diversity.
In 2000, the regulations imposed as a result of the health alarm caused by "mad cow disease" led to the obligation to remove animal carcasses from all livestock farms. This led to a severe food crisis for the different species of vultures which resulted in a decrease in their populations.
However, almost half a century after they disappeared and 20 years after this great crisis, vultures are once again flying over the mountains in the Lleida Pyrenees. Currently, this is one of the few places where a number of different specimens of vultures can be observed: black vulture, griffon vultures, white scavenger vulture and bearded vulture.