Adonis – the bearded vulture last recorded in Romania, where a beer was named after it, is now back in the French Pre-Alps!

Bearded vulture Adonis – a young male released in 2014 in the Massif Central-Grands Causses, as part of the reintroduction project there – now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project, and last recorded in the western Carpathian mountains in Romania in September, is now back in the French Alps (Vercors).

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The Corsican bearded vulture chick extracted from an unproductive nest earlier this year is a female and is doing well!

Last February a team from the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse and from the VCF extracted an egg from a bearded vulture pair in Corsica that had not bred successfully for more than 30 years – an action that had been agreed by all relevant stakeholders under an emergency action plan to save this […]

The bearded vulture breeding season is starting across Europe´s mountain ranges!

Bearded vultures are one of the earliest breeders in Europe – their timing perfectly adapted to have chicks in early spring, when many of the mountain herbivores on which they feed (when they die) have their first […]

Landscape factors affecting territory occupancy and breeding success of Egyptian Vultures on the Balkan Peninsula: new paper

Egyptian Vulture. Photo Bruno Berthémy

Data on territory occupancy and breeding success for 87 different territories of the Endangered Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in the Balkans were correlated with 48 different environmental variables to understand the relative influence of various factors on population declines. The analysis included 405 breeding events between 2003 […]

After failing in the last 4 years, the only bearded vulture pair in Andorra successfully fledged a chick this year – see the incredible images

On the 24th of June, at 10:04 a.m., a 119 days old chick fledged from a bearded vulture nest in Andorra, the first success after 4 years of failures. This has been superbly documented through a high quality video camera that had been placed near the nest (see video above).

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Juan José Sánchez Artés (1962-2016) – celebratory video

This short video celebrating the life and the achievements of Juan José Sánchez Artés, the president of the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation (BVCF) and of the Fundació Vida Silvestre Mediterrània (FVSM), and a member of the advisory board of the VCF, was broadcast to the hundreds of friends, family and colleagues present last […]

A staggering 750+ Egyptian vultures counted together in Oman last weekend – one of the highest counts ever of this species in the wintering grounds

Jens and Hanne Eriksen – who run the www.BirdsOman.com website – told us that last weekend they counted a staggering 750 Egyptian vultures in Oman: 640+ at Al Multaqa rubbish dump (near Muscat), and then another 100 at the bearch at Qurayyat later in the day. […]

Juan José Sánchez Artés (1962-2016)

Men say that time goes by. Time says that men go by. But some stay – and Juanjo will be one of them.

Juan José Sánchez Artés died last weekend of a heart attack. He was 54 years old, and spent half of his life fighting for vultures and for Mallorca´s biodiversity. He was […]

Vultures galore at the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Workshop held in Extremadura – and some great conclusions too!

At one point the majestic black vulture came to within 40 metres of all the vulture experts gathered there, in the veranda of the Hospederia de Monfrague, in the heart of the Monfrague Biosphere reserve, during a pause in the workshop to develop the European, Middle East and Central Asia part of the vulture multi-species […]

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 […]