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Birds of the Aegean

Birds of the Aegean

It is well-known that Greece, despite its small size, constitutes a priceless biological reserve on a European scale. It is equally well-known that the distinctive wealth of Greek Nature results from the geomorphological diversity and the mild climate, factors that shape a small-scale but constantly changing landscape. This feature is reinforced by the fact that Greece is influenced by its position among the different worlds of Europe, Asia and North Africa.

It is perhaps less well-known that much is due to the unique harmony that grew between Man and Nature over the millennia of Greek Civilisation. Greek Nature has always been friendly to man and our civilisation has been anthropocentric but with a full respect to nature and natural rules.

Nature has, at the same time, imposed restrictions on the life of man and he, in turn, has been involved in great pains and ingenious efforts to restructure the natural environment for his benefit. Consequently, the natural environment has evolved in response to human action, to the point that it is sometimes hard to distinguish between natural and man-made landscape elements. This phenomenon is par excellence demonstrated in the Aegean Archipelago. Here as the poet says God sowed small worlds in man's own image and likeness.

Here, many bird species have chosen to settle and, with the passage of time have become adapted to the diverse landscape and the singularities of the Aegean environment. Furthermore, it is here where the great migration corridors of the birds are found.

The publication of the Hellenic Ornithological Society, "Birds of the Aegean", a work enthusiastically supported by the Ministry of the Environment, deals with a wonderful aspect of Greek Nature. We strongly believe that when we get to know it better, we shall learn to respect our unique heritage and protect it more effectively.
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Important Bird Areas of Greece

Important Bird Areas of Greece

The information comes from the book 'Important Bird Areas of Greece', published in 1994. Since then, the Hellenic Ornithological Society has implemented and extensive monitoring and evaluation program for the Important Areas, which led to a review of the areas’ list and an increase in their number from 113 to 196. These 196 areas of the new list are presented in the new book Important Bird Areas of Europe, published in 2000.
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Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles

The eagle with the sunlit eye - the white-tailed sea eagle has recently been reintroduced to Scotland. Find out more about this spectacular bird. There is also an online jigsaw of a sea-eagle on this site suitable for children (flash required)
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Red Kites

Red Kites

This graceful and distinctive bird was absent from our skies for more than a century. Now its russet plumage and forked tail can once again be seen in Scotland. Find out why it disappeared and how we can help it re-establish itself. (2002)
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Collection and Analysis of Coastal Peregrine Eggs

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Penguins of the Falkland Islands & South America

Penguins of the Falkland Islands & South America

Mike Bingham
Available as a book or electronic download.
This extraordinary book is the authoritative work on penguins of South America, an area that includes the Falkland Islands, one of the world’s most important penguin breeding sites. Based on 8 years of research by Dr. Mike Bingham, the book includes detailed maps and population data for each breeding site.

The introduction gives an in depth look at the evolution, physiology, and life strategies of penguins, whilst individual chapters explain how each species has become adapted to fulfil its own particular niche. Finally the role of penguins in the environment is explained, with some remarkable implications for human kind.

If you want to know where to find a particular penguin, then maps of each species will show. If you want to know why penguins don’t fly, or why they are black and white, then this book will give you the answer. And as an added incentive, the proceeds from the book fund the author’s ongoing efforts to save penguins threatened by over-fishing and oil pollution in the Falkland Islands.
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The hen harrier in England

The hen harrier is a large bird of prey that breeds on heather moorland in upland areas of Britain. The small English population has been in serious decline during the last few years largely as a result of illegal persecution, and now only a handful of pairs remain. This leaflet outlines the basic biology of the hen harrier, and describes its past and current status in England. It introduces English Nature’s Hen Harrier Recovery Project, which was launched in spring 2002 in order to monitor the remaining birds and help begin the process of restoring its fortunes. It is aimed at anyone with a general interest in harriers in order to spread the word about the decline and our new project to try and rectify it.
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A Scottish Biodiversity
Indicator for Terrestrial Breeding Birds

Commissioned Report No.245 (ROAME No. F05NB01)
Contractor: British Trust for Ornithology
Year of publication: 2007
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Abundance of breeding seabirds in Scotland

This report presents a novel and robust way of analysing, presenting and updating trends in populations of breeding seabirds in Scotland. This information provides a basis for one of a series of indicators of biodiversity for the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.
The analysis aims to provide a ‘state indicator,’ ie a measure of change of population size of seabirds in their own right, but also investigates the potential for using seabirds as indicators of components of the marine ecosystem.

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Bird Checklist of the Yuba Pass and Sierra Valley Area California

Bird Checklist of the Yuba Pass and Sierra Valley Area California

Tumbesian region celebrated in new online book

Tumbesian region celebrated in new online book


One of the most important books to cover bird conservation in Ecuador and Peru has today been re-launched online.
First published in 1995, Biodiversity and Conservation in Tumbesian Ecuador and Peru was described as a “major milestone” for conservation in the Tumbesian region - one of the world’s most important Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs), holding numerous species that exist nowhere else on Earth.
Authored by Brinley Best and Michael Kessler, the new downloadable version of the book has been made possible through DarwinNet (, BirdLife´s ecoregion web-based information portal dedicated to improving knowledge in the region. The work was undertaken by project-partner Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional, based in Sullana, north Peru.
“The book was the result of five years' work into the ecology of the Tumbesian region carried out by teams of European scientists working in partnership with Ecuadorian counterparts,” said Brinley Best, Author.
The Tumbesian region, which stretches from northern coastal Ecuador south to just north of Lima in Peru, holds exceptional numbers of endemic bird species.
In terms of Globally Threatened Birds, the region holds 24 threatened species and 8 near-threatened species. Additionally there are 61 endemic species not classified as threatened.
Heavy deforestation in recent years has posed an increasing threat to many of these species, making conservation efforts a priority in the region for BirdLife and a number of other conservation organisations working locally.
“When we first set foot in these forgotten forests in 1989 the future seemed bleak. Now, thanks to the work of local groups in Ecuador and Peru, things are looking much brighter,” said Best.

Crucial to much of this work has been BirdLife’s Important Bird Areas programme, with a total of some 68 sites catalogued.
“New information has become available on sites and species, new reserves have been declared and overall there is greater awareness amongst the people of Peru and Ecuador as to the region’s importance,” said Jeremy Flanagan of DarwinNet in Peru.
Such information, incorporated into Biodiversity and Conservation in Tumbesian Ecuador and Peru, is now being used at local and regional levels to better protect sites within the region.
In recognition of the regions’ global importance, the British Birdwatching Fair, the Lottery Foundation, IUCN Netherlands and the Darwin Initiative have each committed valuable funds amounting to over US 1 million in support to vital conservation and development work in this globally important ecoregion.
Learn about the key habitats and species of this Endemic Bird Area, discover more about the threats and find out what needs to be done to safeguard the region…
You can download Biodiversity and Conservation in Tumbesian Ecuador and Peru from this page: click here for a copy (PDF, 2MB).

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