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Team Sociable Lapwing in Saudi Arabia

For those Sociable Lapwings using the western route, upon departing Syria the next most likely stop is the north-west of Saudi Arabia. It has long been known that Sociable Lapwings migrate through Saudi en route to Africa (Sudan) during both the spring and autumn migrations. From our historical sightings database there are just three [...]

October 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Sociable Lapwing, the western route & Syria

Until the recent discovery of large numbers of Sociable Lapwings using the staging site on the Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan border, it was assumed that the western migratory route was used by a significant proportion of the global population. On the western route, Sociable Lapwings head from the steppes of Kazakhstan across the north of the Caspian [...]

October 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Sociable Lapwing in India

India is the final destination for some of the Sociable Lapwings that take the southerly migration route. They will have departed the breeding grounds of Kazakhstan in late August and early September, before staging on the Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan border. The final journey would see them either stay in Pakistan or continue south to the north-western [...]

October 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Sociable Lapwing in Pakistan

Pakistan is a key range state for Sociable Lapwings that take the southerly migration route from the breeding grounds of Kazakhstan. The birds that stage at Talimarzhan on the Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan border continue to Pakistan where an unknown proportion will winter, whilst others will continue to northern India. Given that we now know that an [...]

October 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Sociable Lapwing in Talimarzhan, Uzbekistan

Arguably one of the most staggering discoveries in 15 years of Sociable Lapwing research and monitoring was the record number of birds counted near the Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan border in autumn 2015. Counts of 4225 in Uzbekistan and 3675 in Turkmenistan were the largest congregations of Sociable Lapwings documented since the 19th Century. These [...]

October 12th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Sociable Lapwing in Kazakhstan

The steppes of Kazakhstan was where the current research and conservation effort for the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing began. A pilot study in 2004 suggested that the main driver behind the population decline was low breeding success due to nest trampling. However, subsequent work by ACBK (Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan), [...]

October 11th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Sociable Lapwing and the Global Bird Weekend

The Global Bird Weekend is the brainchild of Birdfair co-founder, Tim Appleton. The idea is simple, go out birding over the weekend of the 17th and 18th October and record your sightings on eBird. Partly inspired by the Covid -19 lockdown and restrictions around the world, the event aims to bring together a global [...]

October 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Toxic lead & raptor research – like buses?

Rather like buses, you wait for a research paper on the effects of toxic lead ammunition on raptors to be published and then two turn up at once. Or in this case, four! First, a systematic review and meta-analysis of lead contamination in European raptors. Not surprisingly they found a high level of lead [...]

September 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Exposure to toxic lead ammunition in UK Buzzards

The use of lead ammunition in wetlands is on the verge of being prohibited in Europe, see here and here. This still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and Council. It has been a long battle to get to this point with the shooting industry in most countries, including (especially) the UK, [...]

September 23rd, 2020|1 Comment

Vulture Research and Conservation: some essential reading

Vultures, and specifically those considered as Old World Vultures (Asian, African and European), are amongst the most threatened groups of birds in the world. There are 16 species of Old World Vultures of which 11 are at a high risk of extinction (8 are categorised as Critically Endangered and 3 are Endangered). Without urgent [...]

September 9th, 2020|0 Comments