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I’m looking forward to giving two talks next week at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey. Both talks start at 8.30pm, are free and all are welcome to attend.

On Monday 13th May: Saving Vultures from Extinction

Vultures are a crucial part of the ecosystems that they inhabit. They are spectacular birds that play a critically important service by cleaning carcasses and other organic waste in the environment. Recently, many vulture species across the world have been declining at alarming rates, and the risk of global extinction is very real. This talk will look at the causes behind the population declines and outline conservation efforts to save them.

The second talk will be on Thursday 16th May: The birds and Wildlife of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is one of the largest countries in the world and has a diverse landscape and a variety of habitats. From the vast steppes that run through the north and centre of the country, to the mountain ranges in the east, to the desert in the south and the coastline of the Caspian Sea. Each area has its own incredible assemblage of species, including the ancient Saiga Antelope, the ghostly Snow Leopard, and an array of specialist bird species. This talk will explore the biodiversity of this amazing country.


Both talks are at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey as part of the Birdwatching and Wildlife Club programme of events. For further details see here.


To learn more about the Vulture Crisis visit the BirdLife International website.


Photo credits: Top left – Rüppell’s Vulture by Ian Dyball (taken from the BirdLife International website). Top right – Saiga Antelope in Kazakhstan (source unknown). Bottom right – Egyptian Vultures in Saudi Arabia by Mohammed Shobrak (taken from the Birdlife International website). Bottom left – Snow Leopard taken by a camera trap (taken from ACBK website).