Scotland: Sea eagle scaring plan to protect farmers’ lambs

white-tailed-eagle-on-nest-NEW “scaring techniques” could be used to stop Scotland’s largest bird of prey hunting lambs. With an 8ft wingspan, sea eagles are so large they are nicknamed “flying barn doors”.

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Bearded vultures – and the LIFE GYP CONNECT– on the big screen – and in your living room

The tv channel ARTE – available on many cable packages – will air a spectacular documentary on the reintroduction of the bearded vulture in the Pre-Alps and the Grands Causses, and our own project LIFE GYPCONNECT, this Saturday 19th November at 20h (Central European Time), in the programme 360° GEO.

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BirdLife reveals the migratory routes and wintering areas of the Booted Eagle.

Presented today the Migration and Spatial Ecology of the Spanish population of booted eagle , second monograph of the Migra program , developed by SEO / BirdLife with the collaboration of the Fundación Iberdrola España. To carry out the study, 21 eagles have been marked with GPS and more than 83,000 locations have been obtained that have guided us through the more than 194,000 km covered by the birds in their journeys.

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Image courtesy Tomas Belka BirdPhoto.CZ

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4 Black vultures – and a potential bearded vulture – crossing the Gibraltar strait to Africa!

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Last Friday was one of those days in Gibraltar – 4 black vultures (see photo), 2700 griffon vultures, one Spanish Imperial eagle and a mysterious raptor – that some say could be a bearded vulture – were counted by Cécile Krystelle, Radu Adrian and R. El Khamlichi, within the autumn census of vultures crossing the Gibraltar strait that GREPOM (a Moroccan ONG) is organising at Punta Cires (Tanger).

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Scottish Gamekeepers Association are now blaming wind turbines for the deaths of birds of prey.

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The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said that its members had too often been blamed for the disappearance of golden eagles, and other rare raptors in Scotland, claiming turbines had been responsible for a number of the deaths. 

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has now claimed wind farms are responsible for the deaths of birds of prey and called for the environmental impact of turbines to be monitored. A spokesperson for the SGA said some members  “ had witnessed raptor mortality at wind farm sites”.

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Raising the Eagle Standard

 5 countries, 11 partners (including 4 BirdLife partners, 4 governmental organisations and an energy company), 3.5 million EUROS and one enigmatic bird of prey – Pannon Eagle LIFE is an ambitious 5 year conservation project to keep the Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca soaring through the skies of ancient Pannonia.

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Eastern Imperial Eagle © Horváth Márton MME BirdLife Hungary

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The Chairman of the Forest of Bowland AONB speaks out about the persecution of Birds of Prey,

At last someone in authority has joined the North West Raptor Protection Group in speaking out about the wide scale persecution of birds of prey that has been taking place in the Forest of Bowland for at least five decades. We are pleased to republish the statement made on the 7th November by the Chair of the Forest of Bowland AONB who has now followed the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Chair of the Nidderdale AONB, and the Peak District National Park Authority.  At last this may be the beginning of the end for Driven Grouse shooting if the shooting industry do not put their house in order.

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Mallowdale grouse moor, part of the Abbeystead estate overlooking the Lune valley. Within the last 6 years 7 peregrine territories have been recorded as abandoned on this estate owned by the Duke of Westminster. In addition since the estate was purchased by the Duke following the death of Lord Sefton, no less than 12 pairs of Hen Harriers have disappeared.

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Raptor persecution a falling trend according to Tim Bonner,Countryside Alliance Chief Executive

I have been involved with the protection and conservation of raptors for over 47 years, in all that time I have never had the misfortune to read an article filled with such misinformation, untruths and falsehoods as written by Tim Bonner, read the attached article published by the Countryside Alliance 3rd November.

Mr Bonner says “it may frustrate us that organisations like the RSPB, which published its annual ‘Birdcrime’ report on Wednesday, focus almost entirely on allegations against gamekeepers, but we should not be surprised. Nor should we expect the RSPB to highlight a falling trend in illegal raptor persecution, the massive and welcome rise in the populations of many raptor species to unprecedented levels.”

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Indian courts ban multi-dose vials of Diclofenac – another step in the right direction to save Southern Asia’s vultures from extinction

The terrible consequences of the widespread use of Diclofenac (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory veterinary drug) to treat domestic cattle in the Indian subcontinent have been largely discussed and documented since the mysterious declines of vulture populations (between 95-99% in less than 20 years) and Diclofenac were linked for the first time in 2003. The fast reaction and combined efforts of NGOs, scientific community and the Governments managed to force a ban on the drug in the region, which resulted in a slowdown of this decline, although numbers of most species were incredibly depleted. The conservation actions undertaken to revert the crisis have now started to show some encouraging results, but the battle is far from over.

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Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. © D. Izquierdo

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New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms

A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind turbines to share the skies with less conflict.

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The White-tailed Sea-eagle is one of the species most vulnerable to wind farms. This bird was found dead below a wind turbine in Sweden

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