News and updates

August 2018

EFFC contributes to publication of landmark project about falconry’s historical and archaeological heritage.

A new four-volume document has been published that marks the largest project ever concerned with documenting falconry’s historical and historical and archaeological roots.

Raptor and Human: Falconry and Bird Symbolism Throughout the Millennia on a Global Scale contains more than 100 articles from experts around the world. It is edited by EFFC Culture and Education Expert Karl-Heinz Gersmann and Oliver Grimm of the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology.  

This monumental work has been made possible by the contributions and donations of a number of falconry and hunting organisations.

EFFC is proud to have made a financial donation to assist in the production of this fascinating project that will serve to enrich Falconry's cultural standing even further. 

Some of the questions addressed in Raptor and Human include:

  • How old is falconry, and where does it come from?

  • How is it practised?

  • How could it spread so far and wide?

  • Which symbolic meanings have been ascribed to falconry and raptors?

  • What is so special about the raptor-human relationship?

  • What influence has raptor propagation had on falconry and raptor conservation?

To find out more about this publication or to purchase a copy, click here.


May 2018

Rabat, Morocco: EFFC has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the High Commission for Water, Forests and Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLCD) from the Moroccan Ministry of Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests.

 Signed by Mohamed Endichi, Director of Fight Against Desertification and Nature Protection on behalf of HCEFLCD, and EFFC Chairman Jose Manuel Rodriguez Villa, the MoU establishes an agreement to work together on general conservation but more specifically on electrocution of raptors in Morocco.

The signing took place as part of a workshop held in Rabat on May 14-15 about the impact of electricity infrastructures in Moroccan’s birdlife organised in co-operation with IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and HCEFLCD.

During the workshop, EFFC Conservation and Welfare Expert Dr Andrew Dixon gave a presentation on Electrocution of Raptors in Mongolia, and how falconers, as stakeholders, reacted to counteract the huge losses, particularly of Saker Falcons. He also outlined key data and ways to mitigate the problem.

Presentations were also given by HCEFLCD, Junta de Andalucia and other international and local NGOs, electricity companies, and interest groups.

While Morocco is outside of Europe, it is an important crossroads for migrating European birds of prey such the Imperial Eagle, Bonellis' Eagle and Honey Buzzard.  


April 2018

Some exciting news as EFFC sets off on its important mission - we are set to sign an MoU with authorities Morocco that will go a great way towards protecting wild raptors in that region. This is a great achievement to begin our endeavours with and is a welcome reward for the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes by our team.

Morocco is a key territory for migrating European raptors, but research by HCEFLCD, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Junta de Andalucía has revealed that more and more electrocutions are occurring on poorly constructed power lines in the region. Fixing a problem on this scale involves co-operation at state level so it is with the utmost importance that we begin a process to make these power lines safe and ensure that there is minimal risk to raptor species perching on them. 

EFFC will be in attendance at both the upcoming BirdLife International Summit for the Flyways in Abu Dhabi (April 23–26) and the CIC General Assembly in Madrid (May 4th & 5th)


 Mohamed Endichi (left) and EFFC Chairman Jose Manuel Rodriguez Villa

Mohamed Endichi (left) and EFFC Chairman Jose Manuel Rodriguez Villa

 A field trip to see examples of dangerous powerline poles during the two-day workshop in Rabat

A field trip to see examples of dangerous powerline poles during the two-day workshop in Rabat

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