• 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

Autumn of discoveries: SOR welcomes new findings in the Romanian flora and fauna

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 11:34

For the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR, BirdLife Partner) the autumn of 2014 will be remembered as one of the most rewarding periods since the society began its work in conservation. Two important discoveries have been made in the area of Romanian flora and fauna; our colleagues in SOR are proud to share them with the BirdLife Partnership.

Europe and Central Asia Romania

Eurobirdwatch 2014 sees 2.5 million migrants in the air

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 08:18

On the weekend 4–5 October, over 23,000 people took part in the most exciting nature event of the autumn: the annual Eurobirdwatch. From Portugal to Kazakhstan, from Malta to Norway, BirdLife Partners invited people of all ages to discover and observe the fascinating migration of birds.

Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Partners create a new European Network against Environmental Crimes

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 09:57

SEO/BirdLife and RSPB, BirdLife’s Spanish and British Partners, have launched a new project that significantly advance environmental protection: a “European Network against Environmental Crimes”.

Europe and Central Asia Spain

Violence in Malta: BirdLife volunteers attacked by extremists protesting against hunting ban

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 09:06

The ban was imposed by the government in an apparent move to back the designation of Vella as Commissioner for the Environment...

Europe and Central Asia

European Medicines Agency must rule on killer drug by November 30. Is Europe closer to saving its vultures and eagles?

Thu, 25/09/2014 - 14:59

After months of wrestling, the European Commission has given mandate to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to assess the risks to vulture...

Europe and Central Asia

Portugal’s Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns to celebrate migration of soaring birds

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 08:33

The Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns, to the delight of bird lovers and ornithologists, who gather every year to observe the beautiful spectacle of different species flying over the village of Sagres on migration to warmer climates.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

France: LPO takes direct action to liberate poached Ortolans

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 14:30

Every year in France, thousands of Ortolan Buntings are poached, mutilated and killed in breach of EU and national laws. On Thursday 4 September, the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO, BirdLife in France) members went on the offensive, to liberate captured birds and make formal accusations against poachers to the French authorities.

Europe and Central Asia France Preventing Extinctions - Europe and Central Asia

Ireland’s new Rural Development Programme comes as a lifeline for farmland birds

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 11:27

Great news for BirdWatch Ireland! At the beginning of July, BirdLife Partner in this green island had the pleasure to receive an announcement from Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: farmers undertaking actions to conserve critically-threatened farmland birds will get priority access to substantial funding within Ireland’s new Rural Development Programme.

Europe and Central Asia Ireland

Rural Development Plans are being prepared under the Common Agriculture Policy to protect farmland wildlife

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 10:00

On the 15th of September 2014, a wide range of stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss Rural Development Plans for the period 2014-2020 and options for pushing forward environmental objectives. The Conference was organised by Fundatia ADEPT, BirdLife Europe, CEEweb and the European Environmental Bureau.

Europe and Central Asia

Israel’s BirdLife Partner and Hanson cooperate to tackle invasive weeds

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 14:02

Invasive alien species are animals or plants that are introduced, deliberately or accidentally, into new environments. In Israel, some invasive plants are giving Hanson Israel (a subsidiary of the HeidelbergCement Group) a bad time. These problems were pointed out to Hanson by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI, BirdLife Partner). Building on the initial success of their cooperation, these two organisations are now launching a new joint project to promote “IAS free quarries” in Israel.

Europe and Central Asia Israel

Join us for a fascinating birdwatching weekend on 4 - 5 October

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 13:08

EuroBirdwatch - BirdLife’s biggest birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia - will take place this year on the weekend of 4 - 5 October. Join us to explore the beauty of birds and experience the magic of bird migration!

Europe and Central Asia Birds in Europe

An urgent change in the law is needed to protect Common Quails and Turtle Doves in Serbia

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:32

As many other bird species in Europe, the Common Quail and the Turtle Dove are being victims of a common practice that brings only concerns to the bird lovers: an uncontrolled hunting for which the laws seem not to be sensitive enough.The Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS - BirdLife Affiliate in Serbia) has given voice to these common concerns asking the authorities for these two species to enlarge the list of protected birds in the country and abandon their status of game birds.

Europe and Central Asia Serbia

Commissioner Potocnik: “Investing in Natura 2000 is investing in our own future”

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:14

Janez Potocnick, European Commissioner for Environment until last August, expresses his support to the Natura 2000 network. Mr. Potocnick qualifies it as “one of the biggest achievements in the EU Environmental Policy” in a video produced within the frame of the LIFE project Activa Red Natura 2000 – Connecting people with Biodiversity by SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain) and the Spanish news agency EFE.

Europe and Central Asia Spain

BSPB cooperates with power companies to secure bird-killing power lines in Bulgaria

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 09:59

Electrocution by badly designed electricity poles is one of the most serious threats to birds in the world.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria

EU biomass policy: from denial to action

Wed, 03/09/2014 - 15:15

As the streets and corridors of Brussels were slowing down and luggage for holidays was being filled up over the last days...

Europe and Central Asia