First results of the census of summering griffons in the Alps – at least 1700 birds present

The griffon vulture was absent from the Alps until the beginning of the years 2000, having disappeared completely by the beginning of the 20th century. However, due to the reintroduction projects implemented in a number of pre-alpine sites (Baronnies, Vercors and Verdon), the species started to reappear there again from 2003.

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Swedish Peregrine Falcon captured and then released at Casablanca

A 3-year old male Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus ringed in Sweden was captured in south of Casablanca on 18 December 2015. It was released after negotiations. The information has been transmitted to the Swedish Bird Ringing Centre.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Swedish-born male 3 years 12/18/2015 captured the south of Casablanca. Released after […]

Joint action plan to increase the English hen harrier population published by DEFRA today.

DEFRA has today decided to publish their Joint Action Plan designed to increase Hen Harrier numbers in England. Interestingly, the DEFRA plan provides no proposals or actions that in our view would bring to an end the illegal killing of hen harriers on grouse moors undertaken by gamekeepers. It is very likely therefore and despite […]

On the trail of the wolf, Europe’s much maligned and misunderstood predator

A grey wolf on the prowl in the Carpathian mountains of Poland. Photograph: Grzegorz Le?niewski/NiS/Minden Pictures/Corbis

Wolves are – along with the brown bear, the lynx and the wolverine – Europe’s last large predator carnivores. Conservationists from Britain, Germany and the Netherlands are beating a path here to find out how the […]

The Indian village learning to live in harmony with snow leopards

In the high altitude treeless expanses of Kibber, Himachal Pradesh, India, snow leopards use boulders and ridgelines to stalk blue sheep and Himalayan ibex. But they also feast on yak calves and horse foals, much to the chagrin of villagers. These animals fetch a pretty penny, and the compensation paid by the state […]

The Mexican authorities may have captured the wrong man.

El Chapo

Recent pictures released by the media show that may be the Mexican government has got the wrong man, a case of mistaken identity. The famous drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who has escaped twice from maximum security prisons in Mexico was supposed to have been recaptured on […]

How many bearded vultures are there in the Alps? First results from the 2015 International Observation day (simultaneous census)

The bearded vulture reintroduction project in the Alps is one of the most successful and celebrated wildlife comeback stories in Europe. Following extinction in the beginning of the 20th century, the species started to be reintroduced in 1986, and today there are 34 established territorial pairs that last year fledged 20 young. The population […]

Maltese poachers caught trying to smuggle birds from Sicily in ‘atrocious’ conditions

Five Maltese men have been detained in Sicily after they were caught trying to smuggle to Malta scores of finches in atrocious conditions. When they were intercepted between Modica and Ragusa in Sicily, the men were caught in possession of five goldfinches and five serins to lure nearly 100 birds.

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New paper details dispersion and movements of bearded vultures Gypaetus barbatus from Corsica to Sardinia

The bearded vulture population in Corsica is one of only two island populations in Europe (the other one being in Crete), and is severely threatened with extinction, as it currently only includes 3-4 pairs, which have had a very poor breeding productivity over the last decade and a half. The VCF is […]

Monitoring of a Bearded Vulture nest with camera in Andorra Spain 2011-2015

In July 1999, the Department of Environment of the Government of Andorra and the Association for the Defense of the Nature developed PACT, an action plan for the Conservation of the Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus in the Principality of Andorra. Since then, the measures implemented aimed to:

Improve the legal protection of […]