This is excellent news at last… And, thanks StraitsBirder for clarifying the shooting/habitat/food supply issues 🙂
There is a bit of background on this issue published in El Páis in English back in 2019 when the Spanish government refused to order regions to comply with European law.. It is well worth a read..
Almost two million European turtledoves fly every year over the Iberian Peninsula on their migratory route to Sub-Saharan Africa, where they sit out the European winter after rearing their chicks. But recently, their flight across Spain has turned into a nightmare due to the total absence of measures protecting their numbers, as laid out by the European Commission in a case it recently opened against Spain.
The European Union (EU) authorities maintain that hunting is being allowed at unsustainable levels, causing the population to fall. To the indignation of ornithologists, the regional government of Galicia even allows them to be hunted in an area declared a Special Zone for the Protection of Birds (ZEPA).
Read the full article here: https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/20/inenglish/1566306468_977678.html
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