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.

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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 […]

First release of critically endangered captive-bred vultures in Nepal

[airesizeimg src=”$-209×300$.jpg” alt=”vULTURE” class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-23504″ ]Releasing captive-bred endangered vultures for reintroduction and restocking is now a common conservation tool in Europe – the VCF has been coordinating several successful bearded vulture reintroduction projects based on releases of captive-bred birds from our captive-breeding network. We have also been supporting black vulture […]

New Scientific Paper: Poisoning of reintroduced red kites in England:

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You are able to read the complete paper here

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Poisoned Red Kite: Image courtesy […]

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!

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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 […]

First results of the census of summering griffons in the Alps – at least 1700 birds present

[airesizeimg src=”” alt=”Map Vultures Alps” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-19876″ ]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 […]

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.


A boost for golden eagles in South Scotland

[airesizeimg src=”$-150×150$.jpg” alt=”Golden Eagle Head-1″ class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-18481″ ]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 […]

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