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Proof of life: the seabird egg that has Portuguese conservationists excited

Mon, 10/12/2018
Berlenga Island, off the West coast of Portugal, has a new inhabitant: the Band-rumped Storm-petrel. A female of this threatened species has laid an egg on the island, thanks to work by the EU-funded LIFE Berlengas project.

Water - You don't know what you've got till it's gone

Wed, 05/12/2018
Many European governments want to weaken the EU’s water protection law. YOU can tell the European Commission to #ProtectWater by signing your name in the form below.

Not just a drop in the ocean

Thu, 15/11/2018
This winter we have a critical chance to change EU policy to better our seas. Their health is essential to us as a source of food, income and employment, but also in providing ecosystem services such as coastal protection and carbon sequestration.
Northern Gannet

Victory! Oil drilling plans off Portuguese coast stopped after NGOs' legal action

Tue, 13/11/2018
Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.

Shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia

Mon, 12/11/2018
Our Slovenian partner DOPPS reports on the alarming discovery of a huge shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia en route to Italy last month. Significant numbers of Red-thorated pipit, White wagtail and Meadow pipit were found amongst a haul of over a thousand individuals birds.

Intensive farming is shepherding the collapse of the living world

Fri, 09/11/2018
Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy at BirdLife Europe, explains why the fierce debate on cuts to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget is just a smokescreen for a broken farming system shepherding the collapse of the living world.

Why bioenergy is actually bad for our planet

Wed, 24/10/2018
Today over 100 organisations from across the globe have published a joint declaration calling on governments, financiers, companies and civil society to halt the expansion of the biomass-based energy industry.

Rewilding – helping nature find its own way

Mon, 22/10/2018
Following the publication of a benchmark new study in one of biology’s most prestigious journals, we take a closer look at the science of ‘rewilding’ – the ecological restoration movement putting hope at the heart of conservation.

#SaveSalina – Bird paradise in peril

Fri, 28/09/2018
Sign the petition to #SaveSalina today! Developers’ bulldozers are threatening to destroy one of Europe’s most important migratory bird resting and breeding sites – the salt pans of Ulcinj Salina on Montenegro’s southern coast.