Hundreds of dead pheasants found dumped near Helmsley in the North Riding of Yorkshire

A WILDLIFE conservationist has condemned the dumping of hundreds of dead pheasants.

Jean Thorpe, from Norton, who rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife, said it was “horrendous” that the birds had been left as waste.

A local rambler, who asked not to be named, first found four sacks of dead game birds in […]

New study: India may have even fewer vultures than we thought

India’s Critically Endangered vulture populations seemed to be stabilising, but a new study has revealed that numbers may be even fewer than we thought. Although vulture-killing livestock drug diclofenac has been banned, there are other drugs, equally fatal to vultures, that have not – and this is thought to be the main cause.

Another 22 griffon vultures sent from Spain for reintroduction in Bulgaria

On the 19th of December 2017, a group of 22 griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus)started their travel from Extremadura (Spain) to Bulgaria for a reintroduction project in the Stara Planina Mountains.

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New book about raptors (and vultures) in Italy

A new book about Raptors in Italy (Rapaci italiani – written in Italian) has just been published. The book, edited by Federico Cauli and Fulvio Genero (which is in the VCF advisory board), includes different chapters written by the most important Italian raptor biologists, and will surely become another classic in the Italian […]

Kathy, a female hen harrier found dead with unspecified injuries on an estate near Dunoon

Press release from Police Scotland, 20 December 2017:

Police Scotland and RSPB Scotland are issuing a joint appeal for information after a young hen harrier was discovered dead with unexplained injuries on an estate near Dunoon.

“Kathy”, a female bird, was satellite tagged as a chick on the Cowal Peninsula in August […]

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We also wish the killing of ‘protected’ birds of prey on our red grouse moors will soon be brought to an end, with those responsible facing justice in our courts. If this is no longer a possibility, then all Driven […]

Another NSAID turns out to be lethal to vultures – in the meantime diclofenac is still being sold in Europe!

Griffon vultures feeding. © G. Jiménez García The effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on vultures has been the subject of several studies and lines of research following the ecological disaster caused by the NSAID Diclofenac on South Asia´s vulture populations. Despite the wide range of compounds belonging to this family of drugs available […]

Black vultures continue to increase in Mallorca – 2017 was again a record breeding year

The black vulture population of Mallorca, currently the only insular population of this species in the world, continues to grow at a good pace. In the last ten years the growth curve has suffered a significant increase. Productivity and reproductive success have also increased. […]

Bald Eagle found shot near Williamsville, USA

Wayne County Conservation Agent Hayley Honeycutt is asking for public assistance regarding an eagle death outside of Williamsville, near the Markham Springs Recreation Area. The juvenile bald eagle was located in a field off of 49 Highway on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. It had been shot in the chest.

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Bearded vulture Adonis, the great traveler, is back in the Grands Causses!

Adonis – the great traveler, is back home – it has been seen in the Grands Causses, where it was released in 2014 as part of the reintroduction project there – now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project. […]