News Overview

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.

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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

Many more threatened species in an East African biodiversity hotspot than previously thought

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 10:05

The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya (EACF) are currently understood to host over 750 globally threatened species...

Africa Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Let's Stop Vulture Poisoning Now - Video

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 22:02

BirdLife is fighting to stop vultures from slipping towards extinction in Europe and Africa. We're 79% way towards our urgent target of £20,000. Today we're launching an appeal video, and asking for your support to stop vulture poisoning now.

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

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

Fishing fleets in Argentina agree to use devices to stop albatross deaths

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 15:03

More great news for the Albatross Task Force - this time from Argentina where a major fishery will potentially save the lives of thousands of albatross by using bird-scaring lines on their trawler fleet.

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Unravelling mysteries for conservation of birds in São Tomé e Príncipe

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 10:13

Thanks to the efforts of the Association of Biologists Sãotomense (ABS) in partnership with BirdLife International, a team of researchers led by Hugulay Maia has been able to describe some important aspects of the reproductivce behaviour of the Dwarft Ibis in São Tomé.

Africa Sao Tome and Principe Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Climate change threatens 314 North American bird species

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:22

New study shows that climate change threatens nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including the Bald Eagle

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New accessible toolkit helps non-experts to value important natural sites

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 11:48

An interactive toolkit is launched today that is helping non-experts to assess the ecosystem service value of sites – Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

Worldwide Capacity Development

Vultures in Africa and Europe could face extinction within our lifetime warn conservationists

Sat, 06/09/2014 - 03:44

BirdLife International – the world’s largest conservation partnership - has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families...

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Critically endangered Mascarene Petrel discovered at sea and unique image captured of bird with its egg.

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 00:01

An expedition to find the Critically Endangered Mascarene Petrel at sea have photographed a female bird where the egg is an obvious protrusion in the contour of her underbody.

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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