Migratory Birds & Flyways Projects

The arid zones of the Sahel Photo: Danae Sheehan
Living on the Edge: improving migratory bird habitats and livelihoods in the Sahel Project 19 September 2013
Around the world, many migratory bird species are sharply declining in numbers, and these declines are indicative of the threats facing the wider environment.
Migratory Soaring Birds Project 10 June 2013
The Red Sea/Rift valley hosts the migration of over 2 million birds through the region, with Soaring Birds in huge flocks numbering tens of thousands migrating from wintering grounds in Africa to breeding grounds in Europe and Central Asia and vice versa along the second biggest Flyway in the world.
The Common Cuckoo prefers to let other birds do hard work © Vladimir Turkenich / Shutterstock
Here’s how 7 iconic migratory bird species spent the spring & summer News 1 September 2021
Digging metre-long tunnels, luring away predators, stealing other bird’s nests… the breeding season is never dull for these seven bird species, which are now leaving Europe for the warmer climate of Africa.
For BirdLife, 2021 is "Year of the Dove" © BirdLife Europe / Flight for Survival
Do we hear the SOS of the European Turtle-dove? News 10 August 2021
The European Turtle-dove - a familiar and beloved bird widespread in culture and folklore - is now Vulnerable to extinction. But not everyone is listening to its cry for help. Discover the threats it faces and the action underway to protect it in our free webinar on Wednesday 11th August, 14:30 CET.
Black Storks are currently raising their chicks on the Latvian Fund for Nature's nest cam
6 great nest cams you should watch this summer News 25 June 2021
This year, the topic of our Spring Alive children’s education programme is how to keep birds’ nests safe. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t need to be anywhere near nests to observe the birds that live in them. Web cameras can offer a glimpse into the secret lives of birds wherever you are in the world.
The enigmatic Sociable Lapwing has been the focus of international research and conservation efforts since 2005 © Rob Sheldon
Global research uncovers mysteries of rare Sociable Lapwing News 16 June 2021
Thanks to extensive research over the last 15 years, the Sociable Lapwing has gone from one of the world’s more obscure waders to one of its most studied, and it is now widely regarded as a flagship species for the conservation of the Central Asian steppes. We take a look at the work that has uncovered its mysteries and begun to conserve it.
Eurasian Spoonbills observed at the Ribeira de Vinha waste water treatment plant © Biosfera
Cabo Verde waste water treatment plant is unexpected bird haven News 14 June 2021
Researchers in Cabo Verde have discovered that a waste water treatment plant is an important stopover site for migrating birds, reminding us that there is still so much left to learn about this African archipelago. Find out how the Biosfera team are working to conserve this artificial wetland.
© Getbol World Heritage Promotion Team
Why the Korean Getbol tidal flats need World Heritage status News 11 June 2021
The Republic of Korea’s coastal wetlands are a vital feeding and breeding site for millions of waterbirds, including nine species that are globally threatened with extinction. This July, the World Heritage Committee will decide whether to inscribe these vital habitats onto the UNESCO World Heritage List – the most prestigious of all conservation designations.
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons congregate at Doyang Reservoir every year © Touhid Biplob
Meet the Indian villages battling adversity to protect migratory birds News 9 June 2021
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons pass through Nagaland every year. Even as the world grapples with COVID-19, two villages in India are holding strongly to their commitment to protect the birds and nature around them.
Ornithography #41: Northern Lapwing, Ibars d’Urgell, Spain © Xavi Bou
Meet the photographer who captures the beauty of birds’ flight paths News 7 May 2021
Xavi Bou’s stunning art encourages us to see birds, and life, from a different perspective. We interview the Barcelona-based photographer who uses the sky as his canvas to reveal the beauty of flight.
The Wadden Sea in north-west Europe is one of the world's most important hubs for migrating birds © travelpeter / Shutterstock
11 spectacular bird migration bottlenecks from around the world News 5 May 2021
Migratory birds' epic journeys often take place on broad fronts, but birds also concentrate at bottlenecks where geographical features funnel them together. This selection of hotspots underscores the importance of conservation action in the way birds see the world: through flyways.
Vets treated Anahita for 13 pellet wounds © SPNL
Shot down but saved: the inspiring story of Anahita the Egyptian vulture News 3 May 2021
A young Egyptian Vulture’s first migration was brutally cut short. Thankfully, BirdLife Partners were watching over her every step of the way. Through their co-operation, they transformed an illegal hunting casualty into a story of hope.