PPNEA, in collaboration with Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds (BSPB), BirdLife Bulgaria, started the monitoring program of breeding birds in the three Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA), under the CEPF founded project “Land of Eagles and Castles”. Along the last days, the field experts carried out the first visit in the KBA Vlora bay – Karaburun – Çika Mountain. A total number of 85 bird species (breeders and migrants) have been noted. Among the most interesting observations might be mentioned the ones of: Cattle egret in Orikumi lagoon (which has been seen today also in Drino river, closed to Gjirokaster), Osprey, Shag, Yelkouan shearwater, Golden eagle etc. Gathering solid data for the presence of species, based on dedicated designed monitoring programs, is of high importance for conservation in the country (considering the lack of data), sustainable management of the specific sites and preparation of important documents, such as national bird atlas etc.