Veterinary diclofenac now completely banned in Iran

Iran’s Department of Environment has officially banned the export, import, production and veterinary use of the drug diclofenac in the country.

Diclofenac is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug whose veterinary use as a painkiller for livestock has been the main cause of the decline of several species of vultures around the world. Vultures are […]

Esperanza continues to give us hope

Esperanza – the first bearded vulture born in the wild in Andalucía Spain this century – is still flying around in the Sierra de Cazorla – in the video, narrated in Spanish by Francisco Javier Montoro, you can see her fending off an assertive golden eagle.


Africa vulture crisis confirmed – six of Africa´s 11 species of vultures have seen their global status worsen in the latest update of the bird red data list

4 species are now Critically Endangered

Vultures are the big losers in the 2015 update of the IUCN red data list, announced today – out of the 40 bird species that are now classified as having a higher risk of extinction in the 2015 Red List, six are vultures.


Wildlife disease and intoxication with heavy metals and toxic compounds from agriculture/veterinarian practices do not seem to be a significant threat to the Egyptian Vulture

The VCF has just published a report, commissioned by the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152) on possible infections (bacteria or virus) and potential exposure to toxic substances or intoxications caused by heavy metals, pesticides and veterinary medicaments on samples from Egyptian vultures from the Balkans. […]

Malta: A bird trapper given suspended sentence for assault on BirdLife volunteers

A Maltese bird trapper has been handed a suspended sentence and fined for an assault on 2 BirdLife volunteers which left one victim needing dental surgery. Conservation manager Nicholas Barbara requiring dental surgery to repair broken teeth resulting from the unprovoked attack in Delimara earlier this year.


Can you help the police identify this peregrine nest robber?

After nearly six months South Yorkshire Police and the National Wildlife Crime Unit are appealing for information from the public for information which would identify the individual captured by CCTV on Friday 8th May stealing a peregrine chick from a nest site in Rotherham. You may ask why did the police wait so long before […]

Genetics explain why vultures are such good scavengers: new paper

Photo – a cinereous vulture scavenging in the middle of griffon vultures. Bruno Berthemy/VCF

Everybody knows that vultures are nature’s garbage cleaners. They perform an essential function by efficiently locating and consuming carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, without getting ill – vultures resist infection from such highly infective pathogens as […]

Thank you to all the volunteers who have joined us for the International Bearded Vulture Observation Days!

On the 10th October hundreds of observers spent a great day in the field high up in the Alps or in the Massif Central in France, searching with binoculars and telescopes for bearded vultures, in the International bearded vulture observation day – a one day simultaneous survey across the alpine […]

Wild Bearded Vulture “Jacques” released in the French Pyrenees after successful rehabilitation

The adult male bearded vulture, named “Jacques”, that had been picked up injured at the Parc National des Pyrénées (Aspe Valley) on the 9th of April 2015, was finally released last month (on the 15th of September) after 5 months of rehabilitation. The VCF has continuously advised the people in charge throughout this period.

One man´s passion for Spanish griffons – and the diclofenac threat pending over them – video

In this video, you can see a short story about one man´s passion for griffon vultures – and hear about veterinary diclofenac, an impending threat to them.

(Photo Inigo Fajardo/VCF)