As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

New guidelines to limit poisoning of migratory soaring birds

In a bid to reduce the number of migratory birds poisoned as they travel along the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway, the migration corridor between Africa and Europe, as well as support local communities in that area, Birdlife International’s Migratory Soaring Birds project has released a set of advisory guidelines for national governments in the affected countries.

Agriculture is central to the social, political and economic life of many countries along the flyway and contributes significantly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as generating considerable income for the rural population. But production has come at a cost, as excessive use of pesticides has led to many migratory birds across the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway, that could actually contribute to keeping down pests, being poisoned.

The newly developed guidelines are designed to help national governments to remain agriculturally productive yet make the region a better place for biodiversity.

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