Griffon Release

Last week, the GONHS Raptor Rescue Unit released a wild Griffon Vulture that had been brought down by Yellow-legged Gulls on the 5th June.  The bird had landed on a cliff in the South District and was being mobbed by gulls. 

It was exhausted after making the tiring crossing of the Strait, and in distress.  GONHS rescued the bird after managing to gain access to the difficult area where it had fallen. This was achieved thanks to the assistance of the neighbours of the adjacent estate.  After a couple of weeks of rest and rehabilitation at the GONHS raptor rescue centre under the care of the Vincent Robba and his team, the Griffon Vulture was successfully released and flew north into Spain.

 

This is a time of year when immature Griffon Vultures return to Europe from Africa. The vultures are ill-suited to crossing expanses of water, even those as narrow as the Strait.  One of the main hazards when they arrive in Gibraltar are the Yellow-legged Gull, which attack larger raptors during their nesting season, especially once the gulls’ chicks have hatched. 

Vulture frequently land and rest around the Rock during this period, particularly on cliff faces or buildings.  On most occasions they will fly off again and continue their journey north towards Spain safely.  However, some require rescuing.

If you see a vulture at rest in Gibraltar, do not approach or disturb it.  If you are concerned about its welfare, please contact the GONHS Raptor Rescue Unit.

GONHS is very grateful to Ms Isobel Ellul, who initially reported the vulture, as well as all other neighbours who assisted in its rescue.

Eurobirdwatch 2021

Eurobirdwatch 2021

EuroBirdwatch21

This year, GONHS once again celebrates bird migration with the rest of the BirdLife family in Europe and Central Asia. Organisations throughout the continent will be participating in the event, which takes place during the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd October.

Read more

GONHS May Outing: Finca La Alcaidesa

GONHS May Outing: Finca La Alcaidesa

The outing to Finca La Alcaidesa, on the 15th May, was the first GONHS outing to Spain since before the pandemic. 

Read more

Myrtle or Yellow-rumped Warbler

Myrtle or Yellow-rumped Warbler

Myrtle Warbler, Setophaga coronata, also known as a Yellow-rumped Warbler, was reported by Luis Lopez from the Europa Point area, with a video and a photograph posted by Manuel Morales Holgado,  on the WhatsApp group 'Aves Estrecho Gibraltar' on February 27th

Read more

Bird List and Bird Report changes

Bird List and Bird Report changes

 Contains updated Bird List and Gibraltar Bird Report Progress, together with Spring 2020 Raptor Totals.

Read more

Eurobirdwatch 2020

Eurobirdwatch 2020

This year’s celebration of BirdLife International’s ‘EuroBirdwatch’ was a quieter affair than in previous years. 

Read more

Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Gibraltar Bird Report 2019 online

Welcome to the 2019 issue of the Gibraltar Bird Report.

Read more

GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

GONHS Marine Bioblitz at Sandy Bay

The prime objective of our first marine bioblitz was to engage the public in a citizen science initiative which also served to raise understanding of the dynamic coastline we have in Gibraltar.

Read more

Griffon Release

Griffon Release

Last week, the GONHS Raptor Rescue Unit released a wild Griffon Vulture that had been brought down by Yellow-legged Gulls on the 5th June.  The bird had landed on a cliff in the South District and was being mobbed by gulls. 

Read more

Join Us

Under 18

Under 18

£10

Adults

Adults

£25

Family

Family

£35

Business

Business

£500

Donation

Donation

£--

  • Bat Life Europe Logo
  • BTO Logo
  • UKOTCF
  • University Of Gibraltar Logo
  • Bird Life International Logo
  • IUCN Member Logo