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Cape Gannet populations have fallen by more than half in the past 50 years © Mark Anderson

The ultimate irony: Cape Gannets, famed for their...

Tue, 12/12/2017
The word “gannet” is synonymous with gluttony - but lack of food is becoming a serious problem for the Cape Gannet. This year it has been uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered due to population declines driven by depleted fish stocks.
New Zealand's Bird of the Year, the Kea, has been uplisted to Endangered © Mark Hurrell

Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds...

Tue, 12/12/2017
PRESS RELEASE: overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
The Energy Task Force is working hard to minimise the impact of installations like this wind turbine in Lorraine, France © Ppictures/Shutterstock

Bird-friendly renewable energy: introducing the...

Fri, 13/10/2017
New techniques and an international Task Force are helping to make renewable energy projects more bird-friendly than ever before
Part of the naturally zoned area under strict control © Romy Antrobus-Ruth

New Protected Environment Declared in South Africa

Wed, 19/07/2017
Legislation in South Africa makes provision for different categories of formal environmental protection. Nature Reserves and National Parks are the top category and activities in these parks are strictly controlled by legislation.
El único pingüino nativo de África © Shutterstock

Atando cabos para salvar al pingüino africano

Thu, 13/04/2017
El pingüino de El Cabo se está extinguiendo por la falta de alimento a nivel local. Los conservacionistas intentan ahora reconectar a los pingüinos con el pescado.
Manchots du Cap © Shutterstock

Le Manchot du Cap, en voie de disparition

Thu, 13/04/2017
La seule espèce indigène de manchot d'Afrique est en train de s'éteindre en raison de la pénurie alimentaire locale.
Surveying fiscal benefits pilot sites © Candice Stevens

South Africa gets first biodiversity tax...

Tue, 11/04/2017
BirdLife South Africa’s Fiscal Benefits Project is proud to announce that the very first biodiversity tax incentive has been placed in a landowner’s tax return.
African Penguins © Shutterstock

Saving Africa's only native penguin species

Mon, 10/04/2017
Africa’s only native penguin species is inching towards extinction due to local food shortages. Conservationists are now trying to reconnect penguin and prey
Cape Gannet © AGAMI/Marten van Dijl

Disentangling the cause of seabird deaths in...

Thu, 02/03/2017
Despite huge success in reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in fishing nets, there’s been reports that an old type of vessel used in South Africa is still posing serious threats to seabirds.
South Africa's Grasslands IBA receiving tax benefits © C. Stevens

Can Tax Save Birds?

Tue, 09/08/2016
South Africa’s IBA Team are using key tax incentives in conjunction with the national Biodiversity Stewardship model, to conserve and better manage vital habitats for birds and other biodiversity.

Africa is leading the way on ending seabird...

Wed, 09/03/2016
But Europe still lags in preventing these accidental deaths. How can it learn from BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force?

Conservation community mourns the passing of Dr...

Thu, 24/12/2015
The South African conservation community is mourning the loss of one of its most generous but modest and unassuming benefactors, Dr Roelof van der Merwe. Van der Merwe, a member of the private Charl van der Merwe Trust named after his late father that has donated tens of millions of rands to biodiversity conservation projects – especially those involving seabirds and other marine life – died unexpectedly in his sleep on 23 December. He was 57.
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World’s biggest seabird tracking database shows...

Tue, 27/10/2015
At the World Seabird Conference BirdLife celebrate the Global Seabird Tracking Database helping to conserve some of the planet’s most emblematic birds and reaching 5 million data points. Many insights from some of the most traveled species on our planet. .

New report shows one-third of South African IBAs...

Sat, 12/09/2015
One-third of the 112 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) of South Africa are facing imminent danger of irreversible damage, according to a new report published by BirdLife South Africa.

New species or unnoticed plight?

Fri, 04/09/2015

The beautiful, newly ‘discovered’ bird species, the Tuluver, is a digitally-altered ima

BirdLife South Africa’s Dr Ross Wanless wins...

Fri, 24/10/2014
Dr Ross Wanless, from BirdLife South Africa’s Seabird Conservation Programme and the BirdLife Marine Programme, has been awarded the prestigious SAB Environmentalist of the Year Award.

High-seas heroes recognised for their success!

Thu, 03/07/2014
Our Albatross Task Force (ATF) in South Africa has reduced the death of albatrosses in local fisheries by more than 90% and is receiving well-deserved attention.

Amur Falcons tracked to Africa

Thu, 19/12/2013
Three Amur Falcons have been tracked by satellite from Nagaland in India to Africa, showing what an amazing journey these birds take.