Traditional saltworker, Bay of Cádiz © Salarte
18 May 2018

Spain's traditional saltpans: an unlikely bird haven

A surprising solution to the decline of migratory birds and sustainable rural development in Andalucía, Spain, is found in a link between culture and nature: food. All that’s needed is a sprinkle of passion (and salt).
The Niceforo's wren, which is Critically Endangered © Daniel Uribe
16 May 2018

Scientists brave white-water rapids in search of Critically Endangered wren

How far would you go to study a Critically Endangered species? These four scientists went through Class V rapids in Colombia’s deepest canyon.
© Charlie Butt
14 May 2018

Tread softly: new guide for businesses working in important ecosystems

A new handbook provides businesses with clear guidelines on how to avoid harming habitats when working in highly important areas for nature.
14 May 2018

Conservationists gather in Middle East to protect migratory birds

The first ever global summit for migratory birds brought together key players from all over the world in Abu Dhabi, UAE this April. In addition to global strategies, great progress was made in tackling threats to birds in the Middle East. Here are the main outcomes.
14 May 2018

Kulan roam the steppes of central Kazakhstan once again

The latest update from ACBK/BirdLife Kazakhstan on its project to reintroduce a small herd of Turkmenian kulan to central Kazakhstan, long after the wild ass species disappeared from the region.
White Tailed Eagle © Jaroslav Pap courtesy of Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia

Shot and left for dead: help us put an end to this persecution.

Zire Sbekha School in Mauritaina has no electricity, but the community is very active in conservation
11 May 2018

Many voices, one song: children across Africa sing for migratory birds

In honour of World Migratory Bird Day, school children from across the African-Eurasian flyway perform songs that pay homage to the birds that pass through their country. Every song is different, but their message is the same: we must all join together to protect our migratory birds.
09 May 2018

Great White Pelican discovery in Turkey

A major stopover site of Europe’s Great White Pelicans has recently been discovered in Turkey. A count conducted by our Turkish partner Doğa Derneği showed that more than 15,000 pelicans stop off at the Karacabey Floodplain to roost and feed during their spring migration.
The Micronesian Scrubfowl (Endangered) is one of the only species to incubate its eggs using volcanic heat © Island Conservation
08 May 2018

Incredible “Incubator Bird” to be saved by rat removal on Pacific island

Kayangel Atoll is set to become the first inhabited island in the Pacific nation of Palau to be cleared of rats. As well as a healthier ecosystem for fascinating Endangered birds, residents look forward to better livelihoods through increased crop yields.
The Barn Swallow crosses the Sahara Desert on its migration © Derek Keats
04 May 2018

Don’t get in a flap, get into FLAP: new online platform for migratory

The Friends of Landbirds Action Plan (FLAP for short), created by BirdLife and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), encourages people from all walks of life to share information, educate and spread the word to protect our landbirds on their migration over vast continents. And you’re invited.
In 2017, the Liberian Greenbul was reclassified as an invalid species © HBW
03 May 2018

Solving the world’s great bird mysteries

Keen-eyed readers will note that we ‘lost’ a species in the 2017 Red List update – the Liberian Greenbul is no longer recognised as a valid species by BirdLife. But mourn not its loss: this is simply the latest in a long line of taxonomic avian mysteries to have been solved...

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01 May 2018

Why Europe should invest in nature

As the European Union prepares to present its next budget, our Head of Conservation Iván Ramírez pens a satirical open letter about a very serious issue to President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
01 May 2018

The Natura 2000 Awards 2018

Awards season in Europe is about to start! And nature lovers are eagerly awaiting for the ‘green carpet’ event of the year – the European Union’s annual ‘Natura 2000 Awards 2018’ on 17 May.
An idyllic birding stroll turned into a dangerous safari with the intrusion of this unexpected pachyderm © ABN
30 Apr 2018

Surprise hippo invades bird walk in Burundi

The appearance of a hippopotamus at an African bird hotspot was funny and perilous in equal measure – but highlights the underlying problem of human encroachment driving these massive mammals out of their usual home
100 organisations from 70 countries gathered under one roof to tackle threats to migratory birds © Pawel Horazy
27 Apr 2018

A Summit for the Flyways: our declaration

Today marked the end of a four-day global summit, which brought together key players in bird conservation from across the world to discuss one issue: how to protect migratory birds at every point along their epic journey. Here’s what we decided.
Doñana after the mining spill © SEO/BirdLife
27 Apr 2018

Remembering Aznacóllar: 20 years after the mining disaster

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Aznalcóllar disaster in Spain, when the dumping of toxic sludge from a mining raft reached Doñana National Park, thereby threatening one of the most important biodiversity areas in all of Europe.

Migratory birds in peril: why it's more important than ever we stand up for conservation laws.

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