Three strictly protected birds fell victims to lead shots in the last days of 2014 and the first ones of 2015 in Hungary.
Associates of MME and Hortobágyi National Park received 160 guests altogether on the 1st Eagle Day on January 17th, 2015. The event was held in the newly built Eagle Centre near Jászberény.
The Raptor Conservation Department and the Monitoring Centre of MME are organizing the 12th National Eagle Count between January 16th and 18th in collaboration with HELICON LIFE programme, national park directorates and other NGOs, as well. Its aim is to monitor the wintering numbers of birds of prey in Hungary.
Scottish gamekeeper George Mutch, convicted in December for trapping a goshawk and then battering it to death (and a few other things – see here) on the Kildrummy Estate in Aberdeenshire, has been sentenced to four months in prison for his crimes.
The Hungarian Ornithological Society (MME) and the Hortobágyi National Park Directorate along with the Jászberény ZOO are organizing the 1st Eagle Day with the intention of establishing a tradition. The main aim of the event is to draw people’s attention to how rich Hungary is in raptors, and to the conservation of the Imperial Eagle.
We had two main aims when we visited the countries of the Western Balkans. On the one hand, we intended to establish contacts there with conservationists to have a better picture about the significance of poisoning in these areas, so that we can calculate the probability of Imperial Eagles getting into trouble by this threat, and on the other hand, we helped wrapping up the Moustached Warbler expeditions organized by the Izsáki Bird Observatory and the Kiskunsági Bird Conservation Organization in the past twelve years.
One of the main goals of HELICON LIFE+ project running from 2012 through 2016 is to reduce bird crime targeting birds of prey species (poisoning, shooting, nest robbing). Egg collecting and taking chicks from nests have been considered gone, however, much to our surprise, these forms of crime occur, every year.
Monitoring Committee of the HELICON LIFE+ project and the Anti-Poisoning Working Group of the Hungarian Raptor Conservation Council held a workshop on November 20th, 2014.
A gamekeeper found with a bag of nine dead buzzards on a pheasant-shooting estate has been found guilty of intentionally killing a protected species in what is England’s worst recorded case of poisoning birds of prey.