Wishing all our followers across the world a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Whilst we wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a very prosperous New Year, we would remind everyone that persecution remains the overriding factor affecting the health and well-being of so called ‘protected’ birds of prey on moorland in England where Red Grouse are shot for sport. So bad is the current situation on […]

First bearded vultures hatched in captivity in Bulgaria feature in National Geographic!

 

The first two young bearded vulture chicks ever hatched in captivity in Bulgaria are the stars of the Bulgarian edition of National Geographic. Both bearded vultures chicks were born in captivity, from a pair that belongs to the bearded vulture captive breeding network (EEP), managed by the Vulture Conservation Foundation, and kept in […]

Now is the time to move more Red Kites!

What a success story the Red Kite reintroduction has been for those lucky areas where these fantastic birds has taken place, with Chilterns, Dumfries and Galloway, Northampton and Yorkshire standing out as great successes. Then there are the ones like the Black Isle, Perthshire in Scotland, Gateshead and Grizedale in England where […]

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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More Spanish black vultures will soon be on the way to France to be reintroduced into the wild.

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is organizing one more time the transport of Black Vultures from Spain for the reintroduction project in France. This year 7 healthy individuals were secured, five from Extremadura (which has the largest Black Vulture population in the world, about 900 breeding pairs) and Andalusia (2 birds). All these birds were […]

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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A boost for golden eagles in South Scotland

Building on a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage last year, a new project will help boost the number of golden eagles in the South of Scotland. The project will look in detail at further work needed to revive the population, and build on the excellent partnership forged to realise the ambition of having more […]

Golden Eagle sourced from the Highlands may be introduced into south west Scotland beginning in 2016

Golden eagles taken from nests in the Highlands and Islands may be released in southern Scotland. The first releases could begin as early as next year subject to checks and consultation. The golden eagle is a symbol of the Highlands but scientists say it should be equally at home further south, even building a […]

Farming community are the first to go public raising concerns over Lynx release in eastern counties

SHEEP farmers have raised concerns over discussions to introduce lynx to parts of the eastern counties.

Thetford Forest, which borders Norfolk and Suffolk has been earmarked as one of three potential sites to rewild with the medium-sized wild cat. The project, backed by the Lynx UK Trust, would […]

Why the Hawk & Owl Trust are wrong about Hen Harrier Brood Management

The recent support for a hen harrier brood management scheme by the Hawk & Owl Trust at a time when hen harriers in England are on the verge of extinction brings into serious question the integrity of the Trust. Who would such a proposal at this delicate time advantage? Certainly not the hen harrier because […]