Lead Exposure and the Effects on Scavenging Birds

There are multiple sources of lead in the environment. However, scientific evidence points to spent lead ammunition as the most frequent cause of lead exposure and poisoning in scavenging birds, including eagles, condors and vultures, in the United States.

Are the police doing enough to protect birds of prey, the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

This may not come as any surprise to most of our readers. We have known for years that too often the police actually side with the shooting estates and their gamekeepers rather than the birds of prey they are supposed to be helping to protect. At meeting held at Lancashire Police HQ to gain […]

Pesticides catastrophe: dozens of poisoning birds in the Balkans

You may think that bird species of the Least [conservation] Concern on the European Red List of Birds are not threatened because of the name of the category they are in. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t face serious, often man-made threats to their survival that must be addressed.

A White-tailed Eagle found poisoned […]

A new breeding pair of bearded vultures located in Savoie (French Alps)


This year a new breeding pair has established itself in the Savoie region – the 5th pair in that region of the French Alps. Following the recolonisation of Savoie in 1999, with the establishment of a pair in Vald’Isere, breeding pairs of bearded vultures appeared in Termignon in 2001, Peisey-Nancroix in 2004 and […]

Black vultures arrived well and safe in France

The safe arrival in France of all 7 Black Vultures The 7 black vultures (Aegypius monachus that the Vulture Conservation Foundation transported last weekend from Spain to France, arrived well and are already settled in their acclimatization aviaries. […]

Shooting Lobbyists the ‘British Association for Shooting and Conservation’ Bankroll Tory Jolly

FIVE senior Tory MPs took part in a bloody “lads’ jolly” paid for by Britain’s biggest pro-shooting lobbying group, the Morning Star can reveal.

Graham Brady, chair of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, was among the group taken on a hunting weekend by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

Peru issues its first sentence against species traffickers, setting a precedent

On January 6, two men (suspected animal traffickers) seen near San José church in the Lima district of Jesús María, were stopped by agents from the Office Against Illegal Logging and Protection of Natural Resources (Dirección Contra la Tala Ilegal y Protección de los Recursos Naturales), in coordination with Peru’s National Forestry and […]

The Barn Owl is really suffering to locate food this winter

With still several weeks still to go before this winter is over Barn owls are showing signs of a shortage of food. With continuous rain and flooding even ‘Winterwatch’ claimed that even mice populations were crashing in many part of Britain. Disappointingly the presenters of this programme did not raise the connection with so […]

New book about Birds of Morocco by Ignacio Yúfera

Eagle Owl

Waking up everyday with the amazing views of the Jebel Musa on the Moroccan coastline, obviously has a strong impact on us. Its proximity to Tarifa, literally on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, compels us to visit Morocco often. So often […]

Seven more black vultures on the way to France

This weekend (5-6 February) the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) is transporting 7 black vultures (Aegypius monachus from Spain to France. The vultures are coming from Spanish recovery centers in Extremadura and Andalucia, and will be released back in the wild for the reintroduction projects in Verdon and Baronnies – France.