Egyptian Vulture land on Malta, god help it if the hunters find it.

The Vulture, nicknamed Tobia, hatched in June of this year and was released into the wild in Calabria Italy earlier this month.

A rare Egyptian Vulture (Avultun Abjad), nicknamed Tobia, from a conservation reintroduction programme in Italy, spent last night on Malta being guarded by BirdLife Malta and the Police.


Malta taken to European Union court over finch trapping – Government says it will defend country’s right to apply derogation

The European Commission is referring Malta to the EU Court of Justice for its decision to allow finch trapping. The Commission said the case concerns Malta’s decision to allow the live capture of seven species of wild finches as from 2014.


Rescue birds being cared for kicked and punched by their owner

A bird of prey sanctuary owner who was filmed kicking and punching birds of prey in his care has walked free from court. It’s a funny old world.

William MacKenzie at court William MacKenzie, who displayed his owls and hawks at events around Shropshire, was convicted of nine animal welfare charges after being secretly filmed […]

Natural England: Hen harrier satellite tracking programme results published

Initial findings of Natural England’s hen harrier tracking programme 2007 to 2014. Young hen harrier being tagged © Pete Davies / Thomas Fell

The hen harrier is one of England’s rarest and most spectacular birds of prey. On the continent these birds are found across a range of agricultural habitats, but in the UK […]

Return to the woodland of Death

This article was first published by ‘More Than Just Badgers’ 25 May 2015

If you’ve been a reader of this blog (thanks BTW) then you will have no doubt seen the destruction caused by Gamekeepers in an effort to protect their precious stock of Pheasants (Woodland of Death). Although not completely illegal […]

Double Standards?

This article was first published by More Than Just Badgers September 21 2015

I’d said I’d be back and here I am and I have to say it’s been a funny few weeks.

Except of course I’m not laughing.

Approximately 6 weeks ago I was woken early Sunday morning by a […]

Compelling case for ban on shooting of all birds

Two of our most endangered species have been on my mind lately. The first is rather beautiful and if you ever see one in the UK, you should count yourself lucky. The bird is famous for its elegant, long body, the dashes of black on the wings, and its elaborate sky dance. […]

Egyptian Vultures wintering in Extremadura (Spain): a summary

The Vulture Conservation Foundation and the Regional Government of Extremadura (GOBEX) have been monitoring a unique population of wintering Egyptian vultures in Extremadura, and recently presented the results of their work with a poster at the European Ornithologists Union conference in Badajoz (


Updated: BirdLife claims intimidation by Wild Birds Regulation Unit Head

BirdLife Malta has today released an email received from Head of the Wild Birds Regulation Unit, Sergei Golovkin, in which the government employee warns BirdLife Staff of acting illegally in rescuing injured birds, in an apparent attempt to silence the organisation from exposing the impact of illegal hunting.


The CLA has announced the cancellation of all future Game Fairs


21 September 2015

The CLA regrets that it will no longer run the annual CLA Game Fair. This decision includes cancelling the planned event scheduled to be at Ragley Hall in 2016.