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The White Stork nests rooftops and has become an iconic part of human life © BirdLife Europe

Bird that solved migration mystery now illegally killed on its journey

Tue, 26/02/2019
The White Stork, known in folklore as the bringer of babies to new parents, played a fascinating role in the discovery of bird migration. But now its migration is plagued by illegal killing. BirdLife Partners along its route are working hard to prevent this – and you can help.

The Quarry Life Award

Wed, 20/02/2019
In December, BirdLife’s CEO, Patricia Zurita, attended HeidebergCement’s fourth Quarry Life Award ceremony – a contest to inspire school children, graduate students and researchers to find new and innovative ways to boost biodiversity in quarries.
Bramblings in Slovenia © Ruj Mihelic

Incredible flock of 5 million bramblings wows Slovenia

Thu, 24/01/2019
Slovenia is witnessing an incredible birding event this winter. One so rare, it only happens once or twice in a decade – a huge flock of five million bramblings.

When the beach clean-up is over

Mon, 17/12/2018

Beach clean-ups have become a bittersweet sight to see.

Field in Belgium

No time to lose, European Council!

Thu, 13/12/2018

Open Letter by BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and Greenpeac

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.

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.