On Saturday 4th March, we held a talk on African Vultures, where Kellie spoke about the work she did with wild vultures in Africa and the problems they are facing.
The evening was a great success, with money being raised for the International Vulture Programme.
Cotswold Falconry for more than 10 years has provided financial assistance to various in-situ vulture conservation projects. In 2016 there was the opportunity to see first-hand some of the work we have been supporting. In October, Kellie excitedly took up the trip to South Africa alongside the Hawk Conservancy Trust and Gauntlet Bird of Prey, Eagle and Vulture Park. There, she assisted in the catching, ringing and tagging of several young white backed vultures, to help with their conservation. She had an amazing and eye-opening time and was able to share her experiences with the members of the friends of cotswold falconry. Using photographs she took whilst in Africa, she was able to explain why the ringing and tagging of these Critically Endangered birds is so important in monitoring the species and saving them from extinction. There was also a chance to have coffee and a slice of the vulture cake, specially made for the occasion!