Icelandic Society for the Protection of Birds

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The Icelandic Society for the Protection of Birds (or the Fuglavernd) was established in 1963 and is the main amateur or non-governmental organisation in Iceland whose policy is the conservation of birds and their habitats and the spreading of knowledge of the same.[1][2]

Björn Guðbrandsson[edit]

For many years Dr Björn Guðbrandsson (1917–2006) was the society's main driving force.[3]

Early years[edit]

For its first 30 years it was principally concerned with saving the Icelandic white-tailed eagle population from extinction. And it was thanks to the efforts of the society that it did not become extinct in the 1960s.[1][3]

Species for special attention[edit]

In more recent times in addition to the society has argued for banning the hunting of the rock ptarmigan and the Greenland white-fronted goose. These bans have been effected.[3]

Habitat protection[edit]

The society has identified and campaigned for the conservation and protection of some important areas and has even helped establish a reserve east of the Ölfusá River, and north of Eyrarbakki, the Flói Nature Reserve (in cooperation with the Árborg community).[3][1]

International connections[edit]

The Fuglavernd is the Icelandic designated partner of BirdLife International.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Johann Oli Hilmarsson (2000) Icelandic Bird Guide, IDUNN
  2. ^ Fat Birder birding Iceland
  3. ^ a b c d e Icelandic Society for the Protection of Birds

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Johann Oli Hilmarsson (2000) Icelandic Bird Guide, IDUNN