THE EUROPEAN Commission has produced cross-border action plans to conserve eight species of birds whose survival is threatened in the European Union. Working with BirdLife International, Brussels' guidelines will help shape Member States' conservation policies, encouraging them to work together to save the bittern, the ferruginous duck, Steller's eider, the lammergeier, the greater spotted eagle, the lesser spotted eagle, Bonelli's eagle and the little bustard. The rarest is the lammergeier, with 93 breeding pairs in the EU. More details: ...

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