Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

The range of threats affecting vultures is relatively well known, and indeed has been thoroughly discussed in the Vulture multi-Species Action Plan that the VCF has been co-drafting on behalf of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS), to be presented and adopted at the Conference of Parties later this year. Poison is still the […]

“Who tagged this griffon?”

This question is asked countless times in the specialized email lists or fora– Griffon vultures in Europe are partly migratory, and movements of tagged griffons across borders are a daily occurrence – especially in the autumn.

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Griffons Vultures in northern Denmark – including a Spanish one!

In the last few years Griffon vultures have been turning up in northern Europe in increasing numbers and frequency, and almost every year there are reports from atypical places. This weekend a group of 34 griffon cultures, including a colour-ringed individual from Spain (see photo), was seen in the northern area of Jutland, Denmark […]

Carbofuran named as the poison killer of griffon vultures in Cyprus

Some time ago we reported that at least 7 griffon vultures were found dead in Cyprus probably poisoned. The results of the toxicological analysis, done in Israel by the Nature and Parks Authority,have finally been published: Carbofuran, an extremely toxic pesticide, which has been banned in the EU since 2007. The birds also […]

Griffon Vultures killed – probably poisoned – in Cyprus. This incident is a blow to the efforts to recover the endangered island population of griffon vultures

At least 7 griffon vultures have been found dead in Cyprus since last November, probably poisoned. Four of the the birds had been released in Cyprus as part of a project to reinforce the extremely threatened island population (down to 2 breeding pairs), originating in Crete (3 birds) and the Limassol zoo […]

New project for the conservation of black and griffon vultures in the Rhodope mountains (Bulgaria-Greece) launched

 

The kick-off meeting for the EU-funded project “Conservation of Black and Griffon vultures in the cross-border Rhodope Mountains”, led by Rewilding Europe in partnership with Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/Birdlife Bulgaria, WWF Greece, Vulture Conservation Foundation and Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, was held last week in Haskovo (Bulgaria).

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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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Vultures in crisis: poachers and poison threaten nature’s garbage disposers

Just doing their bit for the ecosystem. Image by J.J.Musgrove

Vultures are nature’s garbage disposers. They’re perfectly adapted to keep the environment clean and healthy by efficiently locating and consuming carcasses, recycling energy through the food web and preventing the spread of diseases. It’s an unpaid role. […]

One more Griffon vulture shot in Lebanon – the Middle East continues to be a sink for vultures and other soaring birds

Griffon Vulture found shot in Lebanon

The indiscriminate, widespread and intense killing of vultures, eagles and other birds continues unabated in the Middle East – unfortunately illegal hunting is still rampant there, with a strong impact on the millions of birds that pass through the region in their Spring and […]

The first nestling Griffon Vulture hatched in the Balkan Mountains for almost a century

For more than a decade our Bulgarian colleagues have been dreaming about restoring vulture populations in the Balkans – indeed the first feasibility studies for the reintroduction of griffons in the Central Balkan mountains, where they had disappeared many decades ago, was done 10 years ago.

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