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North Macedonia’s Stork Villages: where birds and people live side by side

Thu, 18/04/2019
How did a sleepy rural community become the stork capital of North Macedonia? We meet the White Storks that live alongside local people, and discover how one woman’s love of birds inspired an entire movement.

Symbols of love and fidelity brought down by illegal killing

Mon, 15/04/2019
The European Turtle-dove’s population is dropping fast, in large part due to illegal killing. But our partners are working to reverse that trend.

This map lets you track bird migration in real time

Thu, 11/04/2019
With Euro Bird Portal’s LIVE viewer, you can look at weekly animated maps showing where birds have been sighted in real time

Anti-poaching camps give honey-buzzard sweet taste of success

Mon, 08/04/2019
The European Honey-buzzard is fearless in the face of stinging wasps and hornets - but it has no defence against illegal shooting for sport. In Italy, “anti-poaching camps” sparked an extremely successful movement which has saved thousands of honey-buzzards.
The Eastern Imperial Eagle is classed as Vulnerable on the Red List of threatened species © BirdLife Europe

A mighty predator made helpless at the hands of humans

Fri, 05/04/2019
The eagle is a long-standing symbol of strength and glory, but though triumphant within the animal kingdom, the predator becomes the prey when the Eastern Imperial Eagle is confronted with human persecution. Can we restore one of Europe’s rarest raptors?
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.

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?
The Egyptian Vulture was once nicknamed the "Pharaoh's Chicken" © BirdLife Europe

World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost forever

Thu, 28/02/2019
Hailed for its intelligence and majesty, the Egyptian Vulture was admired and worshipped throughout history. But decimated by poisoning, electrocution and illegal trophy hunting, the bird that was once an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is now Endangered. Can we save it before it’s too late?