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Simulating the future of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus

Throughout the world, vultures face severe population declines and local extinctions due to the extensive use of poisoned baits. In addition to this deadly threat, a reduction in food availability due to the decline of extensive farming (and livestock grazing in particular) and the introduction of strict carcass disposal legislation further suppresses their survival chances. …

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Φόλες στην κυπριακή ύπαιθρο: πολλαπλά θύματα, απαγορευμένες ουσίες και ατιμωρησία

Η χρήση δηλητηριασμένων δολωμάτων (φόλες) είναι τεκμηριωμένα μία από τις σοβαρότερες απειλές για την άγρια ζωή σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο. Αν και παράνομη σε Κύπρο και Ευρώπη, η χρήση δηλητηριασμένων δολωμάτων αποτελεί επίμονο πρόβλημα της κυπριακής υπαίθρου και αποτελεί την κύρια αιτία για την κατάρρευση του πληθυσμού του Πυρόχρου Γύπα Gyps fulvus στην Κύπρο. Στο …

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Three active Griffon Vulture nests confirmed during latest breeding survey

BirdLife Cyprus has been monitoring the Griffon Vulture population in Cyprus for a decade now. Last January, when we carried out the winter vulture census, 2020 was already shaping up to be a better year, but now, we have even more reason to feel optimistic, having confirmed three active Griffon Vulture nests during our latest breeding …

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Ecosystem service provision – what do vultures do for us and the environment?

What are ecosystem services and how do birds provide them? Ecosystem services are defined as the contributions that ecosystems (i.e. living systems) make to human well-being, according to the European Environment Agency’s Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES). Essentially, they directly or indirectly support our survival and quality of life. There are three main …

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First Griffon Vulture census of the 2020s hints at exciting times ahead

Every year, BirdLife Cyprus coordinates two large-scale Griffon Vulture surveys, one in winter and one in late spring, aiming to check on any nesting activity and estimate the current population size of the species, by carrying out simultaneous counts across the entire feeding range of the vultures and also their known breeding and roosting cliffs. On Friday 24 January, …

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Press Release: A targeted effort to save the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus

BirdLife Cyprus, the Game and Fauna Service, Terra Cypria-The Cyprus Conservation Foundation and the Vulture Conservation Foundation have joined forces to provide a lifeline for the threatened Griffon Vulture through ‘LIFE with Vultures’, a new four-year project aiming to prevent the extinction of the species in Cyprus. The Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus is the largest …

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