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The Hula Valley is one of the favorite resting spots for cranes migrating every year between Europe and Africa. Now that spring is finally here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's time for them to move on to their chosen breeding grounds. Ruby Russell has this report, filed from northern Israel by Tim Assmann.
France has lost a third of its songbirds over the past 15 years. According to two recent studies, finches and larks, warblers and yellowhammers are all disappearing fast. For game birds like quail and partridge, the picture is even more alarming. John Laurenson traveled to rural western France to find out why.
Why, indeed? It's a good question for hunters who use lead shot or bullets. Tens of thousands of tons of lead ammunition are still sold in Europe every year. David Scallan, a senior conservation manager with the European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation, talks about his position on the banning of lead shot to protect wetland birds.
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