In 1975, Juan Carlos is crowned King of Spain, Richard Nixon falls from power over the Watergate crisis and Helmut Schmidt is the new Federal German Chancellor. During the oil crisis the delicate seedling of the environmental movement begins to germinate. Citizen’s rights groups are the in thing, be they against nuclear power plants, motorways or airport development. In this atmosphere of optimism reports of the slaughter of millions of birds in Southern Europe burst like a bomb and the reaction is prompt.
Bird conservationists, who are no longer prepared to observe from the sidelines, meet in Berlin in January 1975 and found the “Komitee gegen den Vogelmord”.
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