How many bearded vultures are there in the Alps? First results from the 2015 International Observation day (simultaneous census)

The bearded vulture reintroduction project in the Alps is one of the most successful and celebrated wildlife comeback stories in Europe. Following extinction in the beginning of the 20th century, the species started to be reintroduced in 1986, and today there are 34 established territorial pairs that last year fledged 20 young. The population […]

Maltese poachers caught trying to smuggle birds from Sicily in ‘atrocious’ conditions

Five Maltese men have been detained in Sicily after they were caught trying to smuggle to Malta scores of finches in atrocious conditions. When they were intercepted between Modica and Ragusa in Sicily, the men were caught in possession of five goldfinches and five serins to lure nearly 100 birds.