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Caught in the Crossfire: Rhinoceros Hornbill

Tue, 14/08/2018
The Rhinoceros Hornbill has become a victim of poachers, who often mistake the bird for the similar-looking Helmeted Hornbill, whose solid casque is valuable on the black market.

A race against crime: 5 years of Champions of the Flyway

Mon, 13/08/2018
Over the last five years, Champions of the Flyway has raised nearly $350,000 to help BirdLife partners tackle the illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean. We look back on five years of inspirational partnership.

Champions of the Flyway – from dream to Game Changer?

Mon, 13/08/2018
In the editorial of our August newsletter, Jonathan Meyrav from SPNI (BirdLife Israel) looks back on five stunning years of Champions of the Flyway – the friends made, the money raised and the birds saved.
Ancient varieties of livestock continue to graze in Anatolia’s indigenous olive pastures © Doğa Derneği

Turkey's natural olive groves: are ancient methods the farming future?

Fri, 10/08/2018
In Turkey, ancient indigenous methods of cultivating olives are providing age-old answers to the questions modern practices are beginning to force the world to ask. But can they survive the onslaught of intensive agriculture long enough to speak them?

Spain’s mission to save the White-headed Duck

Thu, 09/08/2018
In the 1970s, the Spanish population of White-headed duck was brought to the verge of extinction. Its stunning recovery shows why Species Action Plans are essential for the survival of threatened species.

The Black-tailed Godwit rebounds in Sweden

Tue, 07/08/2018
After ten years of conservation efforts, one of Sweden’s rarest breeding bird species, the Black-tailed Godwit, is making a stunning recovery.

Saker success in Bulgaria

Fri, 03/08/2018
For the first time in ten years, an active nest of Saker Falcon has been found in Bulgaria. Hopes are high that this endangered raptor is one step closer to establishing a sustainable breeding population in the country.

Bulldozers over Almany threaten the Greater Spotted Eagle

Wed, 01/08/2018
Road construction through Belarus’ Almany Mires is devastating ancient bogs in one of the country’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas.
Gediz delta is a refuge for the Red-breasted Goose, which is Vulnerable to extinction © Goean / Shutterstock

Irreplaceable: Gediz Delta, Turkey – a bridge over troubled waters

Mon, 30/07/2018
A proposed mega-bridge spanning the Izmir Bay threatens to obliterate crucial waterbird breeding grounds, which are also a haven for rare seals and sea turtles. And that’s not the only thing threatening this unique site. Read about the actions taken so far to secure this habitat in danger.