“Who tagged this griffon?”

This question is asked countless times in the specialized email lists or fora– Griffon vultures in Europe are partly migratory, and movements of tagged griffons across borders are a daily occurrence – especially in the autumn.

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After failing in the last 4 years, the only bearded vulture pair in Andorra successfully fledged a chick this year – see the incredible images

On the 24th of June, at 10:04 a.m., a 119 days old chick fledged from a bearded vulture nest in Andorra, the first success after 4 years of failures. This has been superbly documented through a high quality video camera that had been placed near the nest (see video above).

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Vote now Birders’ Choice Awards 2016

birders-choice-awards-2016The annual awards are now open! Answer the 10 questions below to make your opinion count. The awards are completely anonymous, but if you want to be entered into the prize draw, please do include your email address – this won’t be used for anything else. Voting closes on 30 November.

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdAL_Xr9N7NVeS5Kg…/viewform

Voting closes at midnight tonight. Winners will be announced in the January edition of Birdwatch magazine (on sale 22 December).

Lead poisoning and vultures: new scientific contributions

Vulture Conservation Foundation's photo.

Lead poisoning is a well-known threat to vultures and other scavengers, and in certain species and areas it may even be a significant threat – the recovery of the Californian condor is mostly hampered by this threat, while in the Alps lead poisoning may be the most significant threat to bearded vultures currently (since the other traditional threats were minimized in the region).

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Juan José Sánchez Artés (1962-2016) – celebratory video

This short video celebrating the life and the achievements of Juan José Sánchez Artés, the president of the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation (BVCF) and of the Fundació Vida Silvestre Mediterrània (FVSM), and a member of the advisory board of the VCF, was broadcast to the hundreds of friends, family and colleagues present last week at small remembrance ceremony in his beloved Mallorca, following his tragic death earlier this month (you can read the obituary here )

As the video (not in English but well worth watching.) says – you will always be there, over the Tramuntana you fought so hard to preserve – and in the wings of the vultures flying there and elsewhere. See you Juanjo!

This short article was first published by the Vulture Conservation Foundation 26 November 2016

Ending cruelty to Scotland’s animals

Two things happened this week that will change the future of fox hunting in Scotland and, in turn, the rest of the UK. I wanted to share them with you because as a OneKind supporter, you’re helping make this happen.

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A staggering 750+ Egyptian vultures counted together in Oman last weekend – one of the highest counts ever of this species in the wintering grounds

Jens and Hanne Eriksen – who run the www.BirdsOman.com website – told us that last weekend they counted a staggering 750 Egyptian vultures in Oman: 640+ at Al Multaqa rubbish dump (near Muscat), and then another 100 at the bearch at Qurayyat later in the day.

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Poisoned to extinction: a bold new approach to saving Africa’s vultures

Illegal wildlife can cause a chain reaction of disastrous effects in the environment, for example one poisoned elephant carcass can cause the death of up to 500 Critically Endangered vultures.

To prevent this from happening, a rapid response is needed. For the first time, an anti-poisoning training event is being held in Kenya, organised by BirdLife and a consortium of concerned conservation bodies which aims to reduce the deaths of wildlife.

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Vultures poisoned near Masai Mara, Kenya © E. Reson

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Defra: Hen Harrier manipulation proposals including brood interference

Hen Harrier

Posted below are the latest details of  the proposed social science study, involving what is being termed by conservation interests as a ‘brood meddling trial’ for the restoration of Hen Harriers into parts of England which will begin next year.

The proposed detail has been submitted by Professor Steve Redpath (Aberdeen Uni & Trustee of the Hawk & Owl Trust) and Dr Freya St John (Kent Uni).

Title: Hen harrier brood management and stakeholder preferences

Researchers:

Dr Freya St. John, Lecturer in Conservation Social Science, Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology (DICE), School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent. Professor Steve Redpath, Chair in Conservation Science, Institute of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen

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The Eagle Owl: Lord of the night video


The Eagle Owl is the most powerful nocturnal bird of prey on the Iberian Peninsula. Its great scope and versatility allows it to hunt on innumerable species and move silently in diverse ecosystems. For over ten years the eagle owl has been breeding in the Forest of Bowland, primarily on moorland owned by United Utilities. A number of additional nesting attempts have been recorded on other Bowland estates but rarely have these nesting attempts been successful; persecution and nest disturbance remains the main two reasons for nest failures here in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.

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