Europe and Central Asia
3 Nov 2017

The Bird Bulletin - vol. 17

By Gui-Xi Young

The Bird Bulletin – bringing you beak-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia and beyond!


Thrilla in Manila…for vultures – we’re thrilled to announce that BirdLife’s Vulture Multi-Species Action Plan was officially adopted at #CMSCOP12 in Manila. This ambitious plan, developed with the Vulture Conservation Foundation and the IUCN, aims to save 15 African-Eurasian vulture species by 2029. Read more…

The Fugitive – BirdLife Malta relates the sensational story of an Italian ‘fugitive’ recently found in the Maltese islands: a Bald Ibis named Iris. Read the full story…

In the net – the salt works of Ulcinj-Salina in Montenegro are an important bird haven but it is under serious threat from developers. The new documentary ‘The Saline – In the Net’ tells the full story, with testimony from BirdLife partner CZIP. Watch it on YouTube…

Extinction Battlegrounds – A new study has revealed that nearly half of the earth’s highly threatened vertebrates live on islands and 60% of these islands suffer biodiversity loss due to Invasive Alien Species (IAS). The example of Gough Island shows why we must focus conservation where it’s most needed. Read more…

Back from the Brink – RSPB’s latest ‘Nature’s Voice’ podcast discusses the ‘Back to the Brink’ project’s efforts to save the Willow tit whose UK population has plummeted by 94% since 1970. Listen to the podcast.


That’s all for today’s Bird Bulletin – tune in next week for more cheeps, chirps and chatter.

Bye bye birdies!


Gui-Xi Young - Editor & Campaigns Officer, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia

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