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.
Spot the difference: the Steppe Whimbrel is identified by its white underwings © Callan Cohen & Gary Allport
Migration route of secretive Steppe Whimbrel discovered News 29 April 2019
The Steppe Whimbrel is the rarest and least understood member of the highly threatened Numeniini tribe (curlews and godwits). But considering they were believed to be extinct 25 years ago, it’s unsurprising that we know so little about them. A newly published report is beginning to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
Anti-poaching camps give honey-buzzard sweet taste of success News 8 April 2019
The European Honey-buzzard is fearless in the face of stinging wasps and hornets - but it has no defence against illegal shooting for sport. In Italy, “anti-poaching camps” sparked an extremely successful movement which has saved thousands of honey-buzzards.
The Rufous-headed Robin is one of the most narrowly-distributed birds in Asia © Summer Wong
News flash: Rufous-headed Robin spotted for first time since 2016 News 4 April 2019
This secretive Endangered songbird has been spotted for the first time in three years, in the cloud forests of Malaysia – a completely new habitat for this species. Could this be its formerly unknown wintering grounds?
Whether a Common Quail migrates or not is determined by its genes © BirdLife Europe
This shy bird can escape a birdwatcher’s eye, but not illegal trappers' nets News 21 March 2019
Despite its attempts to live a secretive life, the migration route of the endearingly rotund Common Quail leaves it subject to illegal trapping. Action is needed - with your help we can halt their decline and protect many other bird species at the same time.
Eurasian Blackcaps are illegally lured towards traps using recordings of their song © BirdLife Europe
Netted, glued and eaten whole – can we keep this songbird free? News 19 March 2019
The Eurasian Blackcap’s beautiful song has inspired humanity for centuries. But in Cyprus today, it is silenced by industrial-level illegal trapping using invisible nets or glue sticks: all to fuel an unlawful trade in local delicacies, run by organised criminals. Could education be the solution?
© Ramsar
Obituary: Dr Lew Young, CEO of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership News 15 March 2019
The late Dr Young was a passionate conservationist whose work has greatly contributed to strengthening the conservation and management of wetlands across Asia.
Large, flat planes of glass are especially dangerous to birds © John McHugh / Flickr
How can we REALLY prevent birds from flying into our windows? News 11 March 2019
Why do birds collide with windows, and how can we help? We explore the science behind bird collisions and dispel some common myths about how to prevent them, shining a spotlight on exciting projects across the world that are making a real difference. And you can join in!
The Egyptian Vulture was once nicknamed the "Pharaoh's Chicken" © BirdLife Europe
World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost forever News 28 February 2019
Hailed for its intelligence and majesty, the Egyptian Vulture was admired and worshipped throughout history. But decimated by poisoning, electrocution and illegal trophy hunting, the bird that was once an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is now Endangered. Can we save it before it’s too late?
The White Stork nests rooftops and has become an iconic part of human life © BirdLife Europe
Bird that solved migration mystery now illegally killed on its journey News 26 February 2019
The White Stork, known in folklore as the bringer of babies to new parents, played a fascinating role in the discovery of bird migration. But now its migration is plagued by illegal killing. BirdLife Partners along its route are working hard to prevent this – and you can help.
Saltpan Recovery Project Project 25 July 2016
BirdLife Partners join forces to save the precious saltpans of Southern Europe and Northern Africa, and the striking birds that rely on them.