Anyone who’s visited or, as in my case, has seen video footage of Gigrin Farm (Wales) cannot doubt that setting up ‘feeding stations’ for raptors (in this case for Red Kite) not only allows a fantastic opportunity to get good views of birds of prey, but also generates cash for the landowner, good PR for the birds and greater understanding on the part of the public.
Are there any similar ventures in Spain? It seems to me that this would be an ideal way to promote an understanding of raptors and create a small scale tourist attraction. I’ve seen hundreds of vultures in Spain but I’ve only occasionally seen them ‘on the deck’. Providing places where not only “ornitho-tourists” but the commoner kind could share the thrill of getting good looks at these birds surely makes sense; it would add a touch of Africa in Spain. In fact, a useful birdwatching map of the Alcornocales actually shows ‘vulture feeding stations’, but, although I’ve looked, I’ve never been able to find anything ‘on the ground’. Is recent EU legislation concerning the disposal of carrion preventing this or merely lack of imagination and lethargy?