Griffons in peril in Cyprus – only 21 birds left and no breeding in the last two years

Photo: Dave Walker/BirdLife Cyprus

The griffon vulture Gyps fulvus is the largest and arguably the most impressive bird species found on the island of Cyprus. As is sadly the case with many vulture species around the world, the population of griffons in Cyprus is in a bad way. The earliest […]

Rat Poison again!

Bempton Cliffs RSPB visitor centre is an internationally important nature reserve in East Yorkshire and reopened after a £1.3m upgrade were the headlines in April 2015. The centre, which attracts about 76,000 people a year has the UK’s largest mainland seabird colony. These visitors are encouraged to come not just in the seabird breeding season […]

Portuguese police establishes the first-ever anti-poisoning dog teams in northern Portugal – soon they will start patrolling the LIFE RUPIS area

The GNR – one of the LIFE RUPIS project partners – will present publicly their first ever anti-poisoning dog teams tomorrow, in a ceremony to be held at 09:30 am at the GNR facilities in Miranda do Douro (Largo de São José). […]

Should wildlife crime be enforced by tougher legislation?

Almost 200 reports of shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey were received by the RSPB in 2015, the charity said. Some 64 out of the 196 reports were confirmed, including the shooting or attempted shooting of 46 birds of prey, including 16 buzzards, 11 peregrines, three red kites, one red-footed falcon […]

Police warning following the discovery of two red kite poisoned in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information and warning about the dangers of illegal bird of prey poisoning. Two red kites were found poisoned in the Nidderdale area of North Yorkshire in 2016. One was found near Pateley Bridge on 12 March 2016. Tests have attributed its death to alphachloralose. Traces of aldicarb and three […]

Imperial Iberian Eagle poisoned in ecological protection zone in Portugal

Eleven animals and birds have been poisoned in the Castro Verde ecological protection zone in the lower Alentejo, Portugal.

Among the birds found dead were endangered species including a rare Iberian imperial eagle and several Kites.

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The African vulture crisis continues unabated – at least 51 vultures poisoned in Limpopo National Park (Mozambique)

Just a few days after South African colleagues rescued a number of vultures from a poisoning incident in Zimbabwe, the silent killer strikes again: recently a research team came across the carcases of two nyala, a warthog and an impala laced with what they describe as a black granular poison near the Machampane […]

2 Bearded Vultures poisoned last week in Andalusia, Spain, bringing the total for this year to 3.

An adult male bearded vulture was found dead, poisoned, in late September in Huescar (Granada) – the male was 6 years old. The post-mortem and toxicological analysis done afterwards indicated that it had died after ingestion of carbofuran, a powerful insecticide that has been banned but is often still used illegally to lace baits […]

Got rid of all the Bowland raptors no more to kill, now let’s kill something else.

One of a number of dead Black-backed gulls found and dumped in piles on a Forest of Bowland shooting estate last Saturday 4 June 2016

Now that the two apex avian predators, Hen Harriers and Peregrines, have vanished from the Forest of Bowland presumed destroyed to protect red […]

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 […]