• Who we are

    BirdLife Europe is a Partnership of 49 national conservation organisations and one of six regional secretariats that compose BirdLife International.

    Our Partners are present in 48 European and Central Asian countries including all EU Member States.


  • What we do

    BirdLife Europe’s unique local to global approach enables it to deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

    In Brussels, the BirdLife Europe team works mainly on EU policy issues and aims at improving EU legislation relating to the environment and biodiversity.


  • Where we work

    • We are active in 48 countries
    • We have over 4.100 staff members working on nature conservation
    • We have more than 2 million members
    • We own or manage over 6.000 nature sites covering over 320.000 hectares


News Overview

BirdLife Finland succeeds in court battle over endangered speciesies

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 10:35

The Long-tailed duck is classified worldwide as endangered. In southern Finland, a license for spring hunting of the species was authorized in year 2011, further threatening the survival of the population. BirdLife Finland and its local member organization are working to save the species and lodged a complaint to the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. The complaint proved successful as the Court found the license for spring hunting illegal.

Europe and Central Asia Finland

Legality of spring hunting under fire in Malta and Brussels

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 09:53

In Malta, the illegal killing of birds is particularly widespread and with each hunting season, many protected birds are being shot due...

Europe and Central Asia Illegal killing of birds

Italy put in hot spot as Commission calls to end live bird decoy use in hunting

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 14:34

Hunting practices in Italy have been put under fire recently by the European Commission due to the common hunting method involving the capture of wild birds to use as live decoys.

Europe and Central Asia Italy Illegal killing of birds

Ria de Alvor: Pioneer decision in Portugal stands up for nature

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:08

A landmark decision has taken place in courts in Portugal as the Central Administrative Court South upheld the conviction of the owners of Quinta da Rocha requiring them to restore habitats that were destroyed because of their development in the Ria de Alvor.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

New birdwatching guide shows best birding sites in Greece

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 11:51

HOS, BirdLife in Greece, has just released a new guide designed for birdwatchers, photographers and naturalists to provide all information needed to see some of the most important birds of Greece.

Europe and Central Asia

Natuurpunt now manages 20,000 hectares of nature

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 10:49

In Belgium; our BirdLife Partner Natuurpunt has crossed the symbolic threshold of 20,000 hectares of nature reserve management. The organisation has been...

Europe and Central Asia Belgium

Sand Martins return to CEMEX quarry homes

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 07:52

As spring arrives Sand Martins are making their way from sub Saharan Africa to the UK in their annual migratory journey. Thanks to efforts beginning last year in the 2013 Sand Martin Awareness campaign, this year they will be returning to CEMEX quarry sites that have been specially prepared for their arrival.

Europe and Central Asia

Champions of the Flyway

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:30

After an exhilarating 24 hour bird race, the final results of Champions of the Flyways were announced during a superbly staged awards...

Europe and Central Asia Israel Migratory Birds and Flyways

Commercial development threatens Ulcinj Salinas in Montenegro

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 15:31

For the past two years CZIP (Birdlife in Montenegro) has been fighting a battle against the conversion of Ulcinj Salinas into a tourist-development complex. The Ulcinj Salinas are an irreplaceable habitat for birds on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, and one of the most important habitats on the Adriatic flyway. They are home to over 250 species of birds and recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and as an Emerald Site of the Bern Convention.

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Grid operators and NGOs demand EU ambition on renewables

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 15:35

National governments agree that greenhouse gas emissions must go down, but disagree on the policy details. In particular they disagree on the...

Europe and Central Asia

EU finally addressing threat of Invasive alien species

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 09:42

The EU law to address Invasive Alien Species is high on the policy agenda in Brussels. After many ups and downs, the three EU institutions seem to have found a compromise on common rules which could halt the environmental, economic and health damages caused by animals and plants introduced to Europe.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Spring Alive 2014 has arrived!

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 15:14

BirdLife and its Partners in 50 countries are proud to announce the launch of Spring Alive 2014. Now nine years old, Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families in Europe, Central Asia and Africa to observe and record the arrivals of five species of migrant birds.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

From aquarium pet to agricultural pest: the Apple snail in the Ebro delta

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 10:21

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of the finest wetlands in the western Mediterranean and plays a vital role in the local community while also serving as a stopover site for many migrant birds. Unfortunately, it has become home to many invasive alien species that continue to infect the area and damage endemic wildlife at an incredible rate of one per year.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Spring Watch Malta looking to ensure a safe passage for migrants

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:08

Although it is still early in the year, in the southern Mediterranean early signs of spring are already popping up. Unfortunately, the...

Europe and Central Asia Malta Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

Environmentally harmful subsidies hiding behind environmental goals?

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 15:47

In January during the World Economic Forum in Davos we once again heard world leaders urging each other to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels

Europe and Central Asia