2014 post-breeding migration monitoring to start in Serra de Marina Natural Park (2014-8-24)
Barcelona Birding Point will monitor post-breeding raptor and passerine migration in Turó de Fra Rafel, a hill placed in Serra de la Marina Natural Park, in Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area. Despite the route following the Mediterranean coast is not so crowned by raptors as other in the Iberian Peninsula, the variety of birds involved is the same or even higher. This year the monitoring will start on 15th August and will end on 5th November.
Over 100.000 birds have been counted from 1998 from this hill & still increasing!
To participate please contact us; firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish cattle raisers re allowed to leave dead cattle for vultures and other raptors (2011-11-11)
A new law was ratified yesterday by Spanish Government which allow cattle raiser to leave dead cattle in the field. This law will affect thousands of cattle raisers that now have to pay to private enterprises to remove the cattle dead in their farms and bring them into specific equipment tens of miles away from these farms.
Permissions to leave cattle on fields were removed almost ten years ago when a cattle disease spread around the world, killing several people in the UK and affecting hundreds in Europe.
Traditionally almost every county had its own place where all cattle raisers used to leave their cattle. These points will gain back its importance as feed stations for vultures and other raptors. Populations of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) and Red Kite (Milvus milvus) have suffered a decline in recent years due to the ban on animals leaving the field.
This law will finish with the growing distrust among some cattle raisers towards hungry vultures, accusing them of becoming more and more aggressive last years due to its desperate situation.