Birds of Cyprus, new book


This video is called 10 years BirdLife Cyprus: Protecting Nature, Inspiring People.

From BirdLife:

Up-to-date inventory of Important Bird Areas of Cyprus now available

By Alessia Calderalo, Mon, 17/11/2014 – 14:53

A new publication by BirdLife Cyprus, Important Bird Areas of Cyprus, lists 34 sites as the most important for birds and other nature on the island.

BirdLife Cyprus recently released a new and updated version of their book Important Bird Areas of Cyprus, considered to be the most comprehensive, geographically complete and up-to-date catalogue of the most Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) in the country.

The new publication is a revision of the third version of the inventory from 2004. In the same year Cyprus joined the EU and succeeded in aiding the Cypriot government in establishing a Natura 2000 network in Cyprus.

The book presents key areas that should enjoy legal protection and sympathetic management under EU nature protection directives. These 34 areas have been determined after extensive research and analysis carried out between 2010 and 2012.

Published with the generous support of the EEA Grants under the IBACareCY Project for the development of a network of IBA Caretakers in Cyprus, this book aims to promote the conservation of these important sites in Cyprus by inviting the reader – expert or not – to learn the importance of each site for birds, their general characteristics and the threats they face. The photographs of birds and landscapes in this book capture the beauty of our wonderful feathered wildlife and these precious sites.

The book also has a section for birdwatchers written by Jane Stylianou, which suggests seasonal itineraries to explore and enjoy these special wildlife sites.

Important Bird Areas of Cyprus can be found in an electronic form here.

For further information, please contact the main author, Martin Hellicar, Campaigns Manager at BirdLife Cyprus.

Save Europe’s vultures and eagles


This video says about itself:

11 February 2013

This video tells the story of a poisoned Bonelli’s Eagle that was rehabilitated in North Cyprus by a group of local conservationists who have been tracking the status of the species in their country.

From BirdLife:

By Luca Bonaccorsi, Thu, 25/09/2014 – 14:59

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. This represents a major breakthrough and opens the door for the European ban of the killer drug that wiped out entire vulture populations in Asia. BirdLife International and the Vulture Conservation Foundation appeal to all parties involved to submit scientific evidence to the EMA by 10 October 2014.

Diclofenac is a veterinary anti-inflammatory drug that kills vultures and eagles – in India it caused a 99% decline of a number of vulture species there, before eventually being banned in four countries in the region. Quite incredibly, veterinary diclofenac has now been allowed to be used on farm animals in Europe – in Estonia, Italy and Spain for cattle, pigs and horses, and in the Czech Republic and Latvia for horses only. The drug has been marketed by an Italian company named FATRO, and was allowed using loopholes in the EU guidelines to assess risk of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.

The European Medicines Agency has now opened a public consultation on the matter, directed at all professional bodies with information about scavenging birds, veterinary practices and the disposal of animal by-products. With this decision, the European Commission acknowledges the facts raised by BirdLife International and the Vulture Conservation Foundation, who are leading an international campaign to ban veterinary diclofenac in Europe.

José Tavares, Executive Director of the VCF states: “It is impossible to leave this drug out there, and it’s the time for the EU to acknowledge the reality on the ground in countries like Italy and Spain. Even if there was a strict veterinary prescription system – and this is not the case – it would still be impossible for the veterinary managing the drug to oversee the disposal of all the dead animals. In Spain when pigs, lambs and goats die in open fields they are often reached by vultures even before farmers are aware of it.”

Iván Ramírez, Head of Conservation for Europe and Central Asia at BirdLife International says: “We welcome the decision, and thank our BirdLife Partners and supporters. Our vulture experts are working on our reply to EMA, but it is crucial that we take any single opportunity to call for the immediate ban of this product. There are safe alternatives and we have already seen how dangerous veterinary diclofenac is for vultures. We won’t stop until a European ban is implemented”.

This video is called Stop Vulture Poisoning Now.

New research published by a Spanish-British-American team in Conservation Biology documents a suspected flunixin poisoning of a wild Eurasian griffon vulture from Spain: here.