‘It’s a serious problem’: battle to save Griffon vulture heats up in Cyprus

‘It’s a serious problem’: battle to save Griffon vulture heats up in Cyprus

They’re vital for the ecosystem, play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, for bird lovers, are an ecotourism delight. But in Cyprus, where prolific use of poison bait has made the Griffon vulture virtually extinct, campaigners are taking action. “Island-wide, we had just eight,” says Melpo Apostolidou at BirdLife Cyprus, which is […]

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More than 100 hen harriers fledge in England for first time in a century

More than 100 hen harriers fledge in England for first time in a century

Nearly 120 rare hen harrier chicks have fledged in England this year, the highest number for more than a century, England’s conservation agency has said. Natural England and its partners recorded 119 hen harrier chicks successfully fledging from nests across uplands in County Durham, Cumbria, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire. A fledgling is a young bird […]

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Poison used to kill lions and hyenas is indirectly killing Kenya’s vultures and other raptors

Poison used to kill lions and hyenas is indirectly killing Kenya’s vultures and other raptors

Darcy Ogada rarely spots raptors​ from her home in central Kenya any more. ​The birds were once ​a ​common​ ​​sight in the industrial town of Thika, 25 miles (40km) north of Nairobi, but the ​region’s ​forests are rapidly declining, and the few remaining raptor populations face the added threats of poison and persecution. “It is […]

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Why are people poisoning Britain’s sea eagles when they are such a wonderful sight?

Why are people poisoning Britain’s sea eagles when they are such a wonderful sight?

A beautiful white-tailed eagle has once again been a familiar sight for those fortunate enough to live in the flight path of eagles recently introduced to the Isle of Wight. Thousands of Britons have witnessed and heard the gigantic two-metre wings beating overhead, as well as the cruel-beaked birds diving for fish in spectacular fashion. […]

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