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 […]

24 griffon Vultures from Extremadura (Spain) on the way to Sardinia (Italy)

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is currently transporting a group of 24 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) from Extremadura (Spain) to Sardinia, for a restocking project in Porto Conte Natural Park, funded by the EU LIFE fund.

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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). […]

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 […]

White-tailed eagles, will Britain achieve the same success as in Poland?

Despite the never ending poisoning, trapping and killing of so called ‘protected’ raptors in our country we are living in a remarkable age of progress for nature conservation. Species like the White-tailed Eagle, Osprey, Red Kite and Goshawk were birds driven to extinction throughout Britain by man’s ignorance and intolerance. It is disappointing those human […]

More Golden Eagles Planned for reintroduction into South Scotland

This is a new project to help boost numbers of Golden Eagles in the South of Scotland. Launched in August 2015, we are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for major funding to develop the work.

The 2014 report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) found that Southern Scotland could potentially support up to […]

Bearded vultures released in the Baronnies – a new reintroduction site – finally fledged

 

Girun and Volcaire – two young bearded vultures bred in captivity within the VCF managed captive-breeding network – were placed in the hacking platform on the 3rd of June, as part of the reintroduction project in the Alps-Grands Causses, now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project.

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Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too.

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The Saker Falcon successfully reintroduced in the Western Plain of Romania

One of endangered bird species worldwide, the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug recorded a significant increase in its national population, and specifically in the Western Plain.

By 2000, there was no nesting pair in the area, and in the whole country only a few breeding pairs were known in the M?cinului mountains. In the last century, […]

Linking bearded vultures from the Alps to the Pyrenees: two young bearded vultures will be released tomorrow in a new site in the Baronnies

As part of its programme to restore the bearded vulture across Europe, the VCF and its partners have been very busy releasing young bearded vultures, hatched in captivity within the bearded vulture captive breeding network coordinated by the VCF, in several sites across four mountain ranges – Alps, […]