Tourmaline Sunangel © Wang LiQiang
15 Nov 2018

7 reasons why this month’s Biodiversity Conference affects us all

From 17th – 29th November, governments from across the world will meet at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt to review progress towards conserving biodiversity for people and planet and start to craft a new deal for nature and people – and BirdLife will be attending. The summit will tackle critical issues relevant to all of us. We list the highlights.
14 Nov 2018

Red List status of Mountain Gorilla and Fin Whale improved by conservation

The latest release of the IUCN Red List shows that the Mountain Gorilla is no longer Critically Endangered, and the Fin Whale no longer Endangered. However, many species, including fish and trees, are still suffering from over-exploitation.
Northern Gannet
13 Nov 2018

Victory! Oil drilling plans off Portuguese coast stopped after NGOs'

Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.
The araripe Manakin (Critically Endangered) can be found at only one site in Brazil © Ciro Albano
13 Nov 2018

Nearly half of endangered species’ last refuges unprotected

The Alliance for Zero Extinction has mapped 1,483 highly threatened species that are found only at a single site. But this major new assessment highlights the urgent need for better protection of these irreplaceable places.
12 Nov 2018

Shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia

Our Slovenian partner DOPPS reports on the alarming discovery of a huge shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia en route to Italy last month. Significant numbers of Red-thorated pipit, White wagtail and Meadow pipit were found amongst a haul of over a thousand individuals birds.
Puffins on the Latrabjarg cliffs ©  LouieLea - Shutterstock

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Puffins on the Latrabjarg cliffs © LouieLea - Shutterstock
09 Nov 2018

Intensive farming is shepherding the collapse of the living world

Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy at BirdLife Europe, explains why the fierce debate on cuts to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget is just a smokescreen for a broken farming system shepherding the collapse of the living world.
06 Nov 2018

Want to save seabirds? Follow them.

A new study used tracking data from 52 seabirds over 20 years to help scientists understand how to best protect them.
All photos © Albatross Task Force
01 Nov 2018

Albatross Task Force leader wins major award with seabird-saving invention

We interview the leader of the Albatross Task Force in Argentina, Leandro Tamini, who has won the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership, which recognises people or organisations having a profound impact on marine conservation.
29 Oct 2018

The Middle East: sorting fact from fiction

Many misconceptions have crept into international media representations of the Middle East, making this region one of the most misunderstood in the world. Here we bust six myths with examples from our conservation work in the region.
The Chinese Egret relies on the mangroves and mudflats as a refuelling site on migration © JJ Harrison
29 Oct 2018

Great news for Singapore shorebirds: new protected area announced

This month, wetlands containing one of Singapore’s last remaining mangroves have secured protection after years of concerted advocacy. This move will benefit globally threatened birds such as the Chinese Egret and Straw-headed Bulbul.
Arctic tern © Markus Varesvuo
© Markus Varesvuo
There are thought to be fewer than 250 Liben Larks left © Nikk Borrow
26 Oct 2018

Can the Critically Endangered Liben Lark be saved? Our latest update

Community nature reserves are not only improving habitats for rare grassland birds, but also proving a vital lifeline for cattle farmers, literally saving lives during drought. But how has the Liben Lark responded to this initiative?
Long-tailed Sylph © Ondrej Prosicky
24 Oct 2018

5 ways Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas have changed conservation

40 years ago, we set out to identify the most important sites for birds in Europe. This idea has since spread across the world, informing conservation decisions and setting the model for wider initiatives to follow suit. We recount our top successes in that time.
Assad Serhal © SPNL
23 Oct 2018

Looking to the past to create a better future: Assad Serhal interview

Assad Serhal, hunter-turned-conservationist, now Director of BirdLife Lebanon and winner of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018, shares what motivates his important work to create community-based protected areas in the Middle East
Without this intervention, the Tristan Albatross could soon go extinct © J Cleeland
22 Oct 2018

Ambitious plan to remove "mega-mice" to save millions of seabirds

Giant invasive “mega-mice” on Gough Island are set to be eradicated in one of the most ambitious projects of its kind, which will save two million seabird eggs and chicks a year from being eaten in the nest.
22 Oct 2018

Rewilding – helping nature find its own way

Following the publication of a benchmark new study in one of biology’s most prestigious journals, we take a closer look at the science of ‘rewilding’ – the ecological restoration movement putting hope at the heart of conservation.

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