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BirdLife wins big at Natura 2000 Awards 2018

Fri, 18/05/2018
Five BirdLife partners scooped up awards for project work to protect Europe’s precious natural heritage at the annual Natura 2000 Awards ceremony in Brussels last night.
Traditional saltworker, Bay of Cádiz © Salarte

Spain's traditional saltpans: an unlikely bird haven

Fri, 18/05/2018
A surprising solution to the decline of migratory birds and sustainable rural development in Andalucía, Spain, is found in a link between culture and nature: food. All that’s needed is a sprinkle of passion (and salt).

Kulan roam the steppes of central Kazakhstan once again

Mon, 14/05/2018
The latest update from ACBK/BirdLife Kazakhstan on its project to reintroduce a small herd of Turkmenian kulan to central Kazakhstan, long after the wild ass species disappeared from the region.

Great White Pelican discovery in Turkey

Wed, 09/05/2018
A major stopover site of Europe’s Great White Pelicans has recently been discovered in Turkey. A count conducted by our Turkish partner Doğa Derneği showed that more than 15,000 pelicans stop off at the Karacabey Floodplain to roost and feed during their spring migration.

Why Europe should invest in nature

Tue, 01/05/2018
As the European Union prepares to present its next budget, our Head of Conservation Iván Ramírez pens a satirical open letter about a very serious issue to President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Natura 2000 Awards 2018

Tue, 01/05/2018
Awards season in Europe is about to start! And nature lovers are eagerly awaiting for the ‘green carpet’ event of the year – the European Union’s annual ‘Natura 2000 Awards 2018’ on 17 May.

Un hippopotame sur le territoire des oiseaux

Mon, 30/04/2018
Une balade bucolique prend l'allure d'un dangereux safari. Mais que fait cet hippopotame si proche des maisons et des hommes?

New regulations put waterfowl under fire in Belarus

Fri, 27/04/2018
In Belarus, spring hunting continues unabated. Every year it is a thorny issue for conservationists trying to ensure that society, hunters and lawmakers understand the huge environmental repercussions. Alesia Basharymava from APB-BirdLife Belarus tell us more.
Doñana after the mining spill © SEO/BirdLife

Remembering Aznacóllar: 20 years after the mining disaster

Fri, 27/04/2018
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Aznalcóllar disaster in Spain, when the dumping of toxic sludge from a mining raft reached Doñana National Park, thereby threatening one of the most important biodiversity areas in all of Europe.