A first in 40 years of captive breeding bearded vultures

The final release of the 2018 bearded vulture reintroduction season happened on Sunday 17 June in Switzerland with the release of two bearded vultures from the Bearded Vulture Captive Breeding Network EEP (keep an eye out on news later this week for a full report). Running since 1978 the network which currently looks after 167 birds had a remarkable first in 2018 which will hopefully help boost the population of the species in the coming years.

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What’s going on at Langholm?

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Langholm moor, bird watchers are now flocking to this area to photograph or just watch raptors

Most of the public think the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project finished last year [2017] but did it? Raptor Politics have been told that it is still going on and what’s more certain activities seem very mysterious, being kept secret from the public!

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Italian police smash bird-smuggling racket involving Malta

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The group was uncovered by the Carabinieri’s anti-poaching unit.

A bird-smuggling racket between Malta and parts of Italy has been dismantled by the Italian police and the EU’s law enforcement arm. Thousands of rare and protected birds were being sold to poachers, restaurants

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Rally to ban grouse shooting, 11 August,Town Square, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX

11th August at 11:30 – 14:00
Town Square, Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX

Rally to ban grouse shooting!

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Chris Packham interviews Grouse Moor Employee

Chris Packham interviews a grouse moor employee to discover what really goes on behind the heather. An actor is used to protect the identity of the interviewee – but reads directly from a transcript so the conversation is fully accurate.

Birds of prey more Effective than Poison for Rodent Control, American Study Concludes

Rat poison kills large mammals, including endangered species. American Study finds hawks are more effective and environmentally friendly.

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Plymouth man fined & receives suspended sentence for extensive crimes against wildlife.

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A man has been found guilty of nine offences relating to the taking of wild bird eggs and the disturbance of several breeding birds sites in Devon and Scotland.

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The Silent Spring continues across the Forest of Bowland

This is our second update this spring, and frankly this is one of the most appalling seasons for our moorland raptors we have experienced in a long long time, and the situation has all the characteristics of deteriorating much further.

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Breeding bearded vulture dies after colliding with cable in Vanoise – single partner continues to take care of the chick

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Collision with the energy infrastructure or the ski lifts has been identified as one important mortality cause for the bearded vulture in the Alps – over the last few years several bearded vultures died after colliding with cables. Hence, a major part of the LIFE GYPHELP project in which the VCF also participates is dedicated to mitigate this threat, through marking many kilometres of high voltage lines, ski lifts and other ski station infrastructure.

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Rachel Carson’s prediction have become a reality across the Forest of Bowland.

An account of a day walking the isolated and beautiful fells of Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, where indigenous raptors that were reasonably common twenty years age are being threatened by unprecedented illegal practices. These criminal activities are being specifically undertaken to conserve and increase red grouse numbers which are then shot for sport at the expense of so called protected and endangered birds of prey.

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