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Pink Pigeon © Stellar Photography / Shutterstock

Why is it controversial to declare a species less...

Fri, 31/05/2019
Last year, we moved the Pink Pigeon from Endangered to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, its recovery the result of decades of conservation work. When we move a species to a lower threat category, it sounds like a cause for celebration - but why doesn’t everyone agree?

Portugal’s Berlenga Island welcomes newest...

Tue, 19/03/2019
Our Portuguese partner SPEA is delighted to announce that a Band-rumped storm petrel chick has hatched on Berlenga Island. Sonia Neves explains why the island’s newest – and cutest – inhabitant represents a hard-won victory for seabird conservation.

When the beach clean-up is over

Mon, 17/12/2018

Beach clean-ups have become a bittersweet sight to see.

Proof of life: the seabird egg that has...

Mon, 10/12/2018
Berlenga Island, off the West coast of Portugal, has a new inhabitant: the Band-rumped Storm-petrel. A female of this threatened species has laid an egg on the island, thanks to work by the EU-funded LIFE Berlengas project.
Northern Gannet

Victory! Oil drilling plans off Portuguese coast...

Tue, 13/11/2018
Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.
The araripe Manakin (Critically Endangered) can be found at only one site in Brazil © Ciro Albano

Nearly half of endangered species’ last refuges...

Tue, 13/11/2018
The Alliance for Zero Extinction has mapped 1,483 highly threatened species that are found only at a single site. But this major new assessment highlights the urgent need for better protection of these irreplaceable places.

A sky of wonders – The 9th Sagres Festival of...

Thu, 20/09/2018
From 4-7 October, birds and birders alike will flock to Sagres in southern Portugal for its internationally renowned Festival of Birdwatching & Nature Activities. This year, the Bonelli’s Eagle promises to be the star of the show.

Algarve fires menace Bonelli’s Eagle

Fri, 07/09/2018
After the recent fires across the Algarve, BirdLife’s Portuguese partner, SPEA, sounds the alarm for the region’s important Bonelli’s Eagle population.

Happy birthday Monteiro’s!

Tue, 24/07/2018
The Monteiro’s Storm-petrel lives on only five tiny islets of the Azores where its faces a bevy of threats, ranging from sea pollution and habitat loss to competition with fisheries for food.
© Thomais Vlachogianni

New call for Large and Small grants in the...

Fri, 22/06/2018
On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new Call for Letters of Inquiry for large and small grants for the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot.

Give your organisation a boost: the Capacity...

Fri, 01/06/2018
Our Capacity Development Fund is offering a range of grants for different sizes and types of project. If you think your organisation would benefit from improved organisational design, management and professional development for staff, then read on...
The Asian Crested Ibis recovered from a population of just 12 birds © Wang LiQiang / Shutterstock

The Comeback Kids: five birds brought back from...

Mon, 21/05/2018
Conservation is working: 25 bird species have been saved from the Critically Endangered category this century alone. Read five of the most inspiring stories of birds that have recovered thanks to the dedication of conservationists and communities.

The Bird Bulletin: Europe & Central Asia

Fri, 17/11/2017
Today’s news round-up from Europe & Central Asia takes us to Greece, Kazakhstan, Portugal and the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The mystery of the seabird that barks like a dog

Mon, 14/08/2017
Tânia Pipa from SPEA (BirdLife Portugal) shares news of a very happy discovery on the tiny islet of Baixo off the ‘White Island’ of Graciosa in the Azores.

Eat Prey Love VULTURES

Fri, 30/06/2017
Christopher Sands explains why vultures are so misunderstood. This article is the editorial of the June edition of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter. Read it here in full.

Ban Vet Diclofenac!

Thu, 29/06/2017
Today, we launch a new international campaign in Spain, Portugal and Italy that aims to ban the drug that could wipe out Europe’s vultures… just as it has already nearly done in Asia.

Azores glory: Europe's most threatened...

Wed, 14/12/2016
The spread of exotic plants threatened to starve the charmingly plump Azores Bullfinch to extinction, but habitat restoration work has given us reason to feel bullish.

Save the Macaronesian Sparrowhawk

Mon, 12/12/2016
In this season of love and giving, SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal) ask you to spare a thought for the plight of Fura-bardos (Macaronesian Sparrowhawk).