<![CDATA[BirdLife case study of the day]]> en 30th Jul 2016 30th Jul 2016 <![CDATA[BirdLife case study of the day - Investigating the causes of Sociable Lapwing declines]]> A satellite-tracking project carried out by scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) has revealed important insights into the migration of the Sociable Lapwing, showing that flocks from Kazakhstan migrate to Sudan via staging areas in Syria and Turkey. Research in Kazakhstan indicates that factors on the breeding grounds do not appear to be limiting the population size. Instead, threats on migration and in wintering areas, such as hunting, may be more important. These discoveries provide fresh hope for one of Eurasia’s rarest birds.