For the first time in almost a century a pair of White-tailed Eagles Haliaeetus albicilla bred in the Danish island of Funen, but tragically the birds were found dead at the end of June. The eagles were a symbol of recent years’ nature restoration in Odense Bay and increased optimism on behalf of nature.
The local branch of DOF (BirdLife in Denmark) put up the nest platform at the end of 2009 and if everything had worked out according to plan, the nestling would have left the nest at the beginning of July, but sadly, the nestling and the adult male died after feeding on a poisoned bait.
DOF has settled the probably highest reward in Denmark’s history in relation to fauna crime. Members of BirdLife Denmark and concerned locals have promised to double the reward from 25,000 to 50,000 Danish kroner (almost 7000 Euros) for crucial information.
Last July, French laboratory tests ordered by the Veterinary Institute of the Technical University of Denmark and the National Forest and Nature Agency proved that the birds were poisoned with the prohibited and extremely powerful toxicant carbofuran which blocks up the nerve system.
“There is no doubt that DOF – BirdLife Denmark considers it vital to solve the case as fast as possible, and we believe that this reward is a good initiative which will increase birds protection”, stated Lennart Pedersen, head of BirdLife Denmark’s Eagle Project.
”It is encouraging that our members and others who are appalled by this case are calling us to offer financial support, which can persuade the public to provide information that may help the police in their investigation of the poison killing of the two birds. This shows that friends of nature will not accept attempts on our shared natural amenities and rare birds”, concluded Mr Pedersen.
Before 1850 The White-tailed Eagle was relatively common in Denmark with an estimated 50 breeding pairs. However, due to the intense raptor persecution which began after 1850 the species was eradicated from Denmark and the last pair bred in 1911. Fortunately The White-tailed Eagle returned to Denmark in 1995, when one pair bred successfully – and the number of breeding pair in 2009 was a healthy 28.
After months of wrestling, the European Commission has given mandate to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to assess the risks to vulture populations of the use of veterinary medicines containing diclofenac.
The Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns, to the delight of bird lovers and ornithologists, who gather every year to observe the beautiful spectacle of different species flying over the village of Sagres on migration to warmer climates.
Every year in France, thousands of Ortolan Buntings are poached, mutilated and killed in breach of EU and national laws. On Thursday 4 September, the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO, BirdLife in France) members went on the offensive, to liberate captured birds and make formal accusations against poachers to the French authorities.
Great news for BirdWatch Ireland! At the beginning of July, BirdLife Partner in this green island had the pleasure to receive an announcement from Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: farmers undertaking actions to conserve critically-threatened farmland birds will get priority access to substantial funding within Ireland’s new Rural Development Programme.
On the 15th of September 2014, a wide range of stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss Rural Development Plans for the period 2014-2020 and options for pushing forward environmental objectives. The Conference was organised by Fundatia ADEPT, BirdLife Europe, CEEweb and the European Environmental Bureau.
Invasive alien species are animals or plants that are introduced, deliberately or accidentally, into new environments. In Israel, some invasive plants are giving Hanson Israel (a subsidiary of the HeidelbergCement Group) a bad time. These problems were pointed out to Hanson by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI, BirdLife Partner). Building on the initial success of their cooperation, these two organisations are now launching a new joint project to promote “IAS free quarries” in Israel.
EuroBirdwatch - BirdLife’s biggest birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia - will take place this year on the weekend of 4 - 5 October. Join us to explore the beauty of birds and experience the magic of bird migration!
As many other bird species in Europe, the Common Quail and the Turtle Dove are being victims of a common practice that brings only concerns to the bird lovers: an uncontrolled hunting for which the laws seem not to be sensitive enough.The Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS - BirdLife Affiliate in Serbia) has given voice to these common concerns asking the authorities for these two species to enlarge the list of protected birds in the country and abandon their status of game birds.
Janez Potocnick, European Commissioner for Environment until last August, expresses his support to the Natura 2000 network. Mr. Potocnick qualifies it as “one of the biggest achievements in the EU Environmental Policy” in a video produced within the frame of the LIFE project Activa Red Natura 2000 – Connecting people with Biodiversity by SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) and the Spanish news agency EFE.