While we were in Loutro last month a friend of ours, a bird watcher, came for a first stay in Loutro. She found the region beautiful and was pleased to have her first sighting of a number of birds. She especially enjoyed watching the vultures soar over the escarpment behind Loutro, in part because vultures are rare, and threatened, in much of Europe.
In Crete the vulture population has declined since the 1980s. It turns out that “the use of poison baits for the extermination of stray-dogs and Ravens … poses the most serious threat to the vultures” in Crete (http://europeanraptors.org/interviews/i ... hakis.html
Just the other day our friend sent a link to a petition supporting a ban of the poison that poses a particular threat to vultures. There are alternatives to this poison that are not harmful to vultures.
For those who, like us and our friend, enjoy seeing the vultures soar above Sfakia, here is a link to the petition. http://www.banvetdiclofenac.com/en/act/
We hope you will consider signing it.