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Upcoming Webinar: The Bearded Vulture (a closer look)

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust are offering you the chance to take a closer look at the bearded vulture from the comfort of your own home. You can discover more about the magnificent creature with guest speaker Jose Tavares from the Vulture Conservation Foundation in the Alps including:

– The bearded vulture species – habits, identification, etc.

– The conservation work he and his team have been doing to reintroduce the species in the Alps.

– The persecution issues the bird faces etc.

– Q& A session with Jose Tavares and Liz Ballard, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust CEO

Date – Thursday 20th August
Time – 6.45pm – 8pm
Location – Online event via Zoom

Register for the event here and we will send you a zoom link prior to the event. 

Jose Tavares Biography
José Pedro Tavares, a Portuguese national, is a biologist with a life-long vocation and action in the field of nature conservation. After doing his university in Lisbon, he went on to the UK to do a PhD on ornithology. He then worked for the Portuguese Government National Park Service, and spent 12 years at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a UK charity, and the biggest nature conservation organization in Europe, and one of the biggest in the world. There he managed the RSPB programme in five countries: Turkey, where he is based, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. During this period, he started the first ever project on Egyptian vulture in Turkey and facilitated the development of the Greek national species action plan for this species.

At the VCF since February 2013, José is enjoying very much the opportunity to build an organisation from scratch. He is developing the VCF into a sustainable, effective, leading organization securing the protection of vultures and their habitats. This work involves not only on-the ground conservation projects and activities on vultures, but also, crucially, organizational development and management.  The VCF is now involved in 10+ major vulture conservation projects across Europe, has co-coordinated the Vulture Multi-Species Action Plan that was endorsed by the CMS (Convention for Migratory Species), and is coordinating the Bearded Vulture captive-breeding and reintroduction projects in Europe – some of the most successful wildlife comeback stories of our times. On his (limited) spare time, José tries to go birdwatching, but he is also a part-time foreign correspondent (for a Portuguese newspaper), and enjoys practicing sport – mostly soccer, running and thriathlon.

(c) Will Bowell