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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Hundreds of thousands of birds accidentally poisoned every year

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 13:12

Two thousand, three hundred and fifty five Red and Black kites, 2,146 Griffon Vultures, 638 Black Vultures, 348 Egyptian Vultures, 114 Spanish...

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Decebal and Darko’s journey across Europe: our Red-breasted Geese successfully reached Siberia!

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 13:38

Let me introduce you to Decebal and Darkos, two special Red-breasted Geese that were selected by SOR (BirdLife in Romania) to carry...

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Newly born, the Desertas Petrel turns into one of Europe’s conservation challenges: are we ready for it?

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 11:40

The 2014 Red List of Birds update gives birth to a new European species, the Desertas Petrel, classified as Vulnerable. The first...

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Great step forward for seabirds in Spain

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 16:17

Spain has officially established 39 new marine protection areas. The new sites are ‘Special Protection Areas for Birds’ (SPAs), designated under the European Birds Directive. The SPAs will offer protection to seabirds whilst they are at sea, complementing the existing network of sites on land.

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Serbian Saker decreasing despite intense efforts

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 09:04

Pigeon breeders, farmers, poachers and strong winds: the many threats to the rare Falcon. Fourteen, maybe seventeen pairs: that’s all that remains...

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Cross-border cooperation with CEPF for Lake Skadar and its pelicans

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:28

Lake Skadar forms the international border between Albania and Montenegro, but is also a biodiversity-rich Balkan wetland harbouring the Dalmatian Pelican. CEPF is supporting 10 organisations to sustainably manage the lake for its pelicans, for conservation, and for the local people that live on its shores.

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Scientists confirm worst fears: new EU Policy on Agriculture is bad for nature

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 10:38

“The EU failed to stand to the promises of greening the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)”: these are the conclusions of the academic...

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Natura 2000 Day: the EU not protecting its richest nature sites properly

Mon, 16/06/2014 - 09:36

May 21st 2014 marked the second Natura 2000 day , which celebrated Europe’s largest network of nature areas protected by EU law...

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Rules work: national legislation benefits Eastern Europe’s birds

Mon, 09/06/2014 - 13:30

New scientific evidence confirms that legal protection of bird species does work. A recent study focusing in Eastern Europe shows that the...

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