Europe and Central Asia
19 May 2017

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 8

By Gui-Xi Young

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia – kick start your weekend with “what a little bird told me!”


THANK (E)U FOR CELEBRATING NATURE! – This week the EU officially declared 21st May to be ‘European Natura 2000 Day’. With more than 27,000 sites across Europe, #Natura 2000 is the largest network of protected natural areas in the world, supporting some 4.4 million jobs and contributing over €200 billion to the economy per year.

¡Felicidades! And huge credit must go to our partner SEO-BirdLife Spain. They set themselves the challenge of raising public awareness of these protected sites and their stunning documentary series ‘Red Natura 2000’ did just that. The whole BirdLife family is so proud! Read more…

“Life is short and time is swift” – Swifts visits Irish shores for just three months each summer to nest and raise their chicks. The rest of their lives are spent on the wing, high up in the African skies. Check out BirdWatch Ireland’s lovely short video about ‘Ireland’s Special Swifts’ here.

Quest for Egyptian vultures in Albania – The results from the spring monitoring season are in: a total of 10 active breeding territories were confirmed in Albania, indicating a stable population in the last 5 years. Well done BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria and HOS/BirdLife Greece for their great work with local NGO PPNEA. Read more about the project at

CLASS ACT – HOS/BirdLife Greece went back to school this week, teaching 500 elementary school pupils in Zakynthos (an illegal spring hunting hotspot) all about the wonderful world of birds! Check out the pictures here.

Ladies and gentlemen, BirdLife is proud to present… – Tomorrow in Rome, BirdLife International releases its latest publication, ‘European Birds of Conservation Concern’ – an invaluable ‘go to guide’ for national governments, summarizing the status of 541 wild bird species in 50 European countries and territories. Check it out when it goes live at midnight tonight!


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

Bye bye birdies!


Gui-Xi Young, News Editor – BirdLife Europe & Central Asia




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