News Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Finland succeeds in court battle over endangered speciesies

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 10:35

The Long-tailed duck is classified worldwide as endangered. In southern Finland, a license for spring hunting of the species was authorized in year 2011, further threatening the survival of the population. BirdLife Finland and its local member organization are working to save the species and lodged a complaint to the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. The complaint proved successful as the Court found the license for spring hunting illegal.

Europe and Central Asia Finland

Legality of spring hunting under fire in Malta and Brussels

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 09:53

In Malta, the illegal killing of birds is particularly widespread and with each hunting season, many protected birds are being shot due...

Europe and Central Asia

Italy put in hot spot as Commission calls to end live bird decoy use in hunting

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 14:34

Hunting practices in Italy have been put under fire recently by the European Commission due to the common hunting method involving the capture of wild birds to use as live decoys.

Europe and Central Asia Italy

Ria de Alvor: Pioneer decision in Portugal stands up for nature

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:08

A landmark decision has taken place in courts in Portugal as the Central Administrative Court South upheld the conviction of the owners of Quinta da Rocha requiring them to restore habitats that were destroyed because of their development in the Ria de Alvor.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

New birdwatching guide shows best birding sites in Greece

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 11:51

HOS, BirdLife in Greece, has just released a new guide designed for birdwatchers, photographers and naturalists to provide all information needed to see some of the most important birds of Greece.

Europe and Central Asia

Natuurpunt now manages 20,000 hectares of nature

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 10:49

In Belgium; our BirdLife Partner Natuurpunt has crossed the symbolic threshold of 20,000 hectares of nature reserve management. The organisation has been...

Europe and Central Asia Belgium

Sand Martins return to CEMEX quarry homes

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 07:52

As spring arrives Sand Martins are making their way from sub Saharan Africa to the UK in their annual migratory journey. Thanks to efforts beginning last year in the 2013 Sand Martin Awareness campaign, this year they will be returning to CEMEX quarry sites that have been specially prepared for their arrival.

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Champions of the Flyway

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:30

After an exhilarating 24 hour bird race, the final results of Champions of the Flyways were announced during a superbly staged awards...

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BirdLife Partners join forces against illegal bird killing in the Mediterranean

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 08:16

For migratory birds, illegal killing is an additional threat to their already dangerous and challenging journey. Violations of the EU Birds Directive are particularly widespread, adding to the substantial decrease in migratory bird populations over the past 40 years.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

Flyways race is raising vital funds for migrant birds

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 12:33

Fourteen teams of adrenalin charged birders will step boldly into the Israeli night at midnight on 31 March, as they cross the...

Europe and Central Asia Georgia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Africa

Commercial development threatens Ulcinj Salinas in Montenegro

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 15:31

For the past two years CZIP (Birdlife in Montenegro) has been fighting a battle against the conversion of Ulcinj Salinas into a tourist-development complex. The Ulcinj Salinas are an irreplaceable habitat for birds on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, and one of the most important habitats on the Adriatic flyway. They are home to over 250 species of birds and recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and as an Emerald Site of the Bern Convention.

Europe and Central Asia Montenegro Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Grid operators and NGOs demand EU ambition on renewables

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 15:35

National governments agree that greenhouse gas emissions must go down, but disagree on the policy details. In particular they disagree on the...

Europe and Central Asia

EU finally addressing threat of Invasive alien species

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 09:42

The EU law to address Invasive Alien Species is high on the policy agenda in Brussels. After many ups and downs, the three EU institutions seem to have found a compromise on common rules which could halt the environmental, economic and health damages caused by animals and plants introduced to Europe.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Spring Alive 2014 has arrived!

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 15:14

BirdLife and its Partners in 50 countries are proud to announce the launch of Spring Alive 2014. Now nine years old, Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families in Europe, Central Asia and Africa to observe and record the arrivals of five species of migrant birds.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

From aquarium pet to agricultural pest: the Apple snail in the Ebro delta

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 10:21

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of the finest wetlands in the western Mediterranean and plays a vital role in the local community while also serving as a stopover site for many migrant birds. Unfortunately, it has become home to many invasive alien species that continue to infect the area and damage endemic wildlife at an incredible rate of one per year.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia

Vulture killing drug now available on EU market

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 10:09

Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this...

Europe and Central Asia Preventing Extinctions

Spring Watch Malta looking to ensure a safe passage for migrants

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 14:08

Although it is still early in the year, in the southern Mediterranean early signs of spring are already popping up. Unfortunately, the...

Europe and Central Asia Malta Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

The science of saving nature

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 14:30

BirdLife’s UK Partner, the RSPB, is launching a new initiative, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science dedicated to discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems, reinforcing the BirdLife Partnership as a world leader in conservation.

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