Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia


Europe is home to more than 530 regularly occurring wild bird species, with a total estimated breeding population of around two billion pairs. Millions more migrate through the continent on passage to Africa, whilst millions of others from the Arctic or Russia spend the winter in Europe.

Currently, 53 (10%) of these species are considered to be of global conservation concern, and are listed as Threatened or Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. These range from species endemic to single islands, to widespread species occurring in many countries.

BirdLife European and Central Asian Partners take action to improve the status of these species and prevent extinctions.

Assessing the status and habitats of all birds in Europe  - The assessment was realised through the BirdLife project "Birds in Europe" and concluded by the production of two book volumes with the same name, that contain the data collected through the multi-annual project.

Producing the European Red List of Birds - BirdLife led a broad consortium of partners in the production of the 2015 European Red List of Birds, funded by the European Commission.

Protecting threatened birds - Threatened birds need particular attention. BirdLife Europe Partners develop conservation measures and activities aiming at avoiding further decline and at improving their status.   

Keeping common birds common - Common birds are often left aside from conservation measures because their status is better than other species. However, they suffer a wide variety of threats that could quickly make them lose their "common" status. In Europe and Central Asia, BirdLife Partners take action in order to avoid and mitigate human activities, climate change and other threats that lead to declines of common bird species and their populations.


Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe.

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