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December 2016

With every passing month the world’s scientists produce more and more evidence that the planet is warming. The icecaps would certainly appear to be melting and the weather seems to be becoming more unstable. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that burning fossil fuels is releasing the carbon dioxide which was locked away millions […]

September 2016

Politics is not a subject for polite company, but I’m going to delve a little way into politics as it affects LIPU in Italy. My annual Council Tax bill tells me that I am paying for a County Council, a District Council and even a Parish Council and, yes, there are other costs as well. […]

June 2016

LIPU-UK in 2015-16.   Another business year closes for LIPU-UK and your trustees look back on it with gratitude, because without your continuing support we would have been unable to achieve what we have. We set out to raise funds to help LIPU with seven projects and when we add the normal membership contribution the total […]

March 2016

In the years since I became the UK delegate many things have impressed me about LIPU’s work in Italy. The determined opposition to poaching and the dedication shown in helping birds which have become the innocent victims of the poachers, are matched by the strength of the science employed by the conservation department. The short […]

December 2015

Another year comes to a close and offers a chance to reflect on twelve months of effort by our colleagues in Italy. Our support has followed a well trodden path, but it would be wrong to see that as an admission of failure. We in the British section have helped fund the anti-poaching camps and […]

September 2015

In this issue you will read of a success at each end of the spectrum of bird protection, a spectrum measured not in importance but in diversity of purpose. After many years of uphill struggle against entrenched views among pressure groups and politicians, the Italian Parliament has finally banned the catching of wild birds for […]

June 2015

I’ve just read in the papers a scathing condemnation of “charities” which harass, pressurise and even coerce people into giving money and then, having succeeded, increase the pressure to squeeze even more from their donors. I am disgusted. Perhaps I am naïve but, to me, charity is about doing good not being aggressive and greedy, […]

March 2015

This issue is different!   A few words of explanation will, I hope, make that statement clearer. The normal production of the Ali in English requires a choice of articles from the Italian newsletter, their translation and their editing into the format which I hope we all enjoy. It was different this time because LIPU is […]

December 2014

As the end of the year is nearing it is a good opportunity to review the work of the last twelve months and we can see some positive progress and read some good news. Things have been moving quickly on the matter of trapping birds to use as decoys.  I received an email from Claudio […]

September 2014

“Not me – I’m exempt”. It has often been said that the Treaty of Paris of 1951 was designed to take care of German industry and French farmers – and the latter have seen their interests protected since then by the Common Agricultural Policy, the CAP. Over the years since then, scientists and environmental NGOs, […]