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Rubber plantation in Thailand © Shutterstock

Towards nature-friendly rubber

Thu, 21/03/2019
The International Day of Forests is marked by an important step forward in the environmental impact of the natural rubber industry, with the launch of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, and BirdLife as a Founder Member.
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

Thu, 21/03/2019
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.

Empowering local people for better forest governance

Wed, 20/03/2019
The tropical forests of Asia and the Western Pacific are havens to an astounding wealth and variety of life, much of it found nowhere else. Regional Project Manager Hum Gurung explains how BirdLife's Forest Governance project is helping to empower local communities to preserve these areas.

Portugal’s Berlenga Island welcomes newest inhabitant

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.
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?

Tue, 19/03/2019
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?
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Obituary: Dr Lew Young, CEO of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership

Fri, 15/03/2019
The late Dr Young was a passionate conservationist whose work has greatly contributed to strengthening the conservation and management of wetlands across Asia.
The Giant Ibis measures more than a metre tall © Jonathan Eames

Birdfair 2019 project announced: Conserving Cambodia’s ‘Big Five’

Thu, 14/03/2019
On the same day it was revealed that the total amount raised by the British Birdwatching Fair for conservation has passed the £5 million mark, the event dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Birding’ revealed this year’s project: protecting Western Siem Pang, a haven for five Critically Endangered bird species
Large, flat planes of glass are especially dangerous to birds © John McHugh / Flickr

How can we REALLY prevent birds from flying into our windows?

Mon, 11/03/2019
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!
Awatef Abiadh trekking for fieldwork in France © Louis Marie Préau

Meet the women inspiring change in the Mediterranean

Fri, 08/03/2019
In honour of International Women’s Day, we invited Awatef Abiadh to share her insight from interviews with motivated and brave women who lead on conservation projects in developing countries in the Mediterranean. Get ready to be inspired…