Each year on the migrations in both Spring and Autumn, birds are decimated by shooters. There is no discimination and many rare birds and raptors are wiped out. Turtle Dove populations are particularly vulnerable.
Over at Birdguides, the full story can be read here. It is sad and tragic and Bird Life International are doing a good job but it just seems like an unequal struggle.
It is outrageous that this is happening in Europe and I wish the EU would do something with the bloated billions of taxpayer monies that they receive.