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Is EU’s agriculture policy ‘fit for purpose’?

Fri, 08/01/2016
It has some big promises to live up to in 2016 if it wants the CAP to stay relevant.
A Griffon Vulture. Photo: Carles Carboneras

Saving the world’s vultures

Fri, 08/01/2016
Let's start with getting veterinary diclofenac banned in Europe.
Orange-bellied Parrot, Australia’s rarest bird

Critically Endangered parrots killed by rats at breeding facility

Thu, 07/01/2016
Captive breeding efforts to save Australia’s rarest bird, the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, have suffered a setback.

National Bird Day - time to take pride in your birds

Tue, 05/01/2016
Everyone has some sort of pride in his or her roots. So, to celebrate National Bird Day here is a list of national or state birds from around the world.
Neil Fitzgerald and Chris Gaskin capturing New Zealand Storm Petrels at sea maybe the key to saving the Fiji and Beck's petrel - photo: Martin Berg

Will 2016 be the year the nesting sites of the enigmatic Fiji and Beck’s petrels are found?

Wed, 30/12/2015
Finding the nesting sites of the `lost then found' enigmatic Fiji and Beck's petrels is the aim of two linked projects getting underway in 2016. In order to ensure the protection and survival of these Critically Endangered birds we must know where they are nesting and raising young. Only then can we put in place protection of their habitat and ensure they are safe from predators like rats and cats. Recent experience in `finding' other petrel species gives hop that one of the big bird puzzles of the Pacific can be solved.
Marquesas Archipelago - along with Rapa, the site of the next big Pacific species project

Marquesas Archipelago and Rapa in French Polynesia, the next big opportunity to stop extinctions

Wed, 30/12/2015
Building on the success of the Acteon & Gambier project, the next big operation being planned by BirdLife in the Pacific and its partners SOP Manu and Island Conservation is the restoration of up to 16 islands or islets in Marquesas Archipelago and at Rapa.
There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific battle for birds and nature

Wed, 30/12/2015
2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.

The `back-story’ to saving the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs of French Polynesia

Mon, 28/12/2015
Living only on the islands that give them their names, the Tahiti and Fatu Hiva Monarchs are two of the world's most endangered birds. Our heroes fighting to give them a future are the staff and volunteers of BirdLife French Polynesian Partner, SOP Manu. But if these birds are to survive, it is not just about protecting them from the invasive predators that kill their young. It requires a whole community effort working to save these iconic birds and restore their habitat. Involving local people and providing them with the necessary skills, as well as looking to help them develop sustainable incomes is all part of the `backstory' to nature conservation in the Pacific. These are the real challenges for the Pacific heroes of nature conservation working at the coal face!

Conservation community mourns the passing of Dr Roelof van der Merwe

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.