Massive poisoning incident(s) in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria deals a blow to the recovering Balkan griffon vulture population

Within the last two weeks a total of 8 griffon vultures, and several other animals (wolves, foxes and other raptors), have been found dead in Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria), illegally poisoned. The griffon vultures found dead constitute the bulk of the local breeding population, so their offspring have also probably perished. Unfortunately, the number of poisoned griffons may be even higher, and may surpass 15-20, as before the first dead birds were found there were about 50 griffons in the area, while now there are only 5 to 10. A few days ago, one poisoned wolf was found, which indicates that the poisoning is continuing and there is still danger for the remaining griffon vultures!

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Griffons in peril in Cyprus – only 21 birds left and no breeding in the last two years

Photo: Dave Walker/BirdLife Cyprus

The griffon vulture Gyps fulvus is the largest and arguably the most impressive bird species found on the island of Cyprus. As is sadly the case with many vulture species around the world, the population of griffons in Cyprus is in a bad way. The earliest historic accounts about the species referred to it as common in the plains as herds of sheep and goats, but by 2012 there were fewer than 10 birds left on the island.

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Shot Cumbrian Peregrine found at same location as dead Hen Harrier

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Police investigation after red kite found dead in Nidderdale

nyorks-policeNorth Yorks Police are appealing for information after a red kite was found dead in Nidderdale. On the afternoon of Saturday 11 March, a dead red kite was found near Greenhow, in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.

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Terry Pickford: New female Peregrine takes over at Church: TV Interview: 6pm tonight 27/03/2017

 

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Terry Pickford updates viewer on recent developments at the St Anne’s church after he had removed the shot Peregrine from Lancashire Church in February.

Terry Pickford talks once again to That’s Lancashire TV, Freeview, Channel 7  tonight from 6pm where he provides up to date detail of the new replacement female peregrine’s arrival, brought to church by the resident male which had perched on the church tower alone for several weeks. You will recall in Terry’s last interview he told viewer about the sad recovery of the shot female Peregrine Falcon he had found dead on the church in St Anne’s Lancashire in mid February.

Terry was eager to share good news because there has now been a happy ending to the earlier tragedy, bringing together a new family of peregrine falcons to the rooftops of St Annes.

You can follow Terry’s first interview and view video HERE

Shot Marsh Harrier is first casualty of spring hunting season – Birdlife Malta

The first report of illegal hunting came on Saturday, with Birdlife Malta reporting that it had recovered an injured Marsh Harrier. It said the bird was certified shot by the veterinarian.

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The spring hunting season opened 24 March 2017.

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Annual report for the 2016 bearded vulture captive breeding season just published – record breaking season, with 27 young produced and 17 reintroduced back to the wild.

A Bearded Vulture incubating a clutch of eggs in captivity

100 years after going extinct in the Alps, the bearded vulture is now back to the alpine skies – 40+ established territories and a record number (25!) of wild-born fledged young in 2016, in one of the most celebrated and spectacular wildlife comebacks in recent decades in Europe.

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Cropping and Hen Harriers

We are fortunate to have 2 nature reserves situated around the Solway where cropping is used to feed winter finches and buntings.

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Vultures indirectly regulate the abundance of foxes through limiting their access to carrion – newspaper 2017-0

 Vultures are obligate scavengers, as they depend totally on carrion. Facultative scavengers, like foxes, on the other hand exploit carrion opportunistically and are generally ubiquitous.
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Human persecution still a threat to Himalayan bearded vultures

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We have recently received the above photos from our colleague Tulsi Subedi, who is researching bearded vultures in the Himalayas. Tulsi had seen this brutal picture posted in social media last December. The photo was taken in Bajura district, in far-western remote mountainous area of Nepal.

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