Updated: 12 Maltese arrested in Sicily with dead protected birds, firearms

Twelve Maltese hunters have been arrested in Sicily after they were caught with protected birds and unlicensed firearms, Sicilian media report.

The Maltese citizens – the media did not give their gender or ages – were held by Italian authorities at Pozzallo as they were about to embark on the catamaran to […]

Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject […]

No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

Prosecutors have insisted there is no gap in the law when it comes to the use of video evidence in wildlife crime cases. MSPs on Holyrood’s Environment Committee questioned whether a review of the legislation was required after […]

An European vulture in Mauritania – and an African one in Spain

Last month some Dutch birdwatchers recorded a young cinereous vulture at Iouik (Iwik), which is located in the Banc d’Arguin National Park, north-western Mauritania. The bird was wearing a yellow colour ring, so most likely from Spain. The bird was photographed with two other scavengers, a griffon vulture and a […]

History was made today when Bradford Councillors vote to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

Ilkley, UK – Bradford’s Labour Group voted overwhelmingly not to renew grouse shooting rights for Ilkley Moor, a move that has been strongly welcomed by wildlife campaigners.

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New paper: eggshell thickness from bearded vulture eggs from the Pyrenees decreased abruptly after 2004

Shell thickness of bearded vulture eggs from the period 1989 to 2012 (collected from nests after breeding failure and/or fledging) was compared with eggs collected from 1858 to 1911 (and now held in European museums) by Mauro Hernandez and colleagues. Their results, just published on Science of the […]

Two cinereous vultures found dead, presumably poisoned, in Dadia (Greece)

Poison is the main threat to vultures worldwide, as identified in the Vulture Multi-species Action Plan, a comprehensive strategic document that highlights priority for action for the conservation of 15 species of old world´s vultures, and that was recently adopted by the signatories of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS).

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Two griffons born in Amsterdam zoo transported to Sardinia to restock the wild population

Two young griffon vultures bred in captivity in Amsterdam Zoo will soon be released in Sardinia, as part of the LIFE Under Griffon Wings there.

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Judge at Preston Magistrates Court imposes reporting ban in case involving the killing of two peregrines on Bleasdale estate.

Following representation by the defence barrister Mr Justin Rouse QC, District Judge Goodwin direct, under the Contempt of Court Act 1981, Section 4(2), “no publication of preliminary interests“, due to what he described as “inappropriate reporting of the previous hearing“. District Judge Mrs D.J. Goodwin, has from today 10/01/2018 imposed a total reporting ban […]

29 eggs and counting – busy period in the bearded vulture captive breeding network!

By the 3rd of January a total of 29 eggs had been laid in the bearded vulture captive breeding network – managed by the VCF under the auspices of the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). This compares with 30 eggs laid last year on the same date. Most of the eggs have […]