Europe and Central Asia

European birds of conservation concern

On 20 May 2017, BirdLife International released the publication European birds of conservation concern: populations, trends and national responsibilities.

This publication summarises the conservation status of 541 wild bird species in 50 European countries and territories (based on the 2016 IUCN Global Red List and taxonomic update), and aims to help national governments to easily identify the species that are in urgent need of attention and protection.  

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Click here to read the press release from 20 May 2017



“The European birds of conservation concern publication and the Natura 2000 day serve both as a celebration of the successful conservation measures implemented to protect species and sites, and as a call for Member States to keep up the good work and invest wisely in biodiversity.”  - Iván Ramírez, Head of Conservation at Birdlife Europe & Central Asia

“This publication aims to provide clear information to help every European country and territory identify which Species of European Conservation Concern (SPECs) it holds, and thereby contribute to identifying the species that it has a high national responsibility for conserving. By presenting the data by country, and highlighting which species are of global and European conservation concern, we hope that more governments will acknowledge their responsibilities for particular species and take them into account when deciding how to allocate resources for nature conservation.” -  Anna Staneva, Species Conservation Officer at Birdlife International 

“This publication sets clear species conservation priorities for each country in Europe. The key message is that we need to protect bird species across their entire range distribution. But at the same time, some pressing national priorities emerge – for example, five globally threatened species are still hunted in Italy, including the Rock Partridge. This is particularly alarming since Italy hosts 26% of the European breeding population.” - Claudio Celada, Nature Conservation Director, LIPU (BirdLife Italy)