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Eurobirdwatch 2014 sees 2.5 million migrants in the air

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 08:18

On the weekend 4–5 October, over 23,000 people took part in the most exciting nature event of the autumn: the annual Eurobirdwatch. From Portugal to Kazakhstan, from Malta to Norway, BirdLife Partners invited people of all ages to discover and observe the fascinating migration of birds.

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New report reveals scale of declines of UK migratory birds wintering in Africa

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 15:53

The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature’s greatest annual events.

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Connecting Energy, Protecting Nature

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 14:17

"Won't protecting nature just slow down getting the investments we need? Are our renewables targets realistic if we have to follow your recommendations?"

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Violence in Malta: BirdLife volunteers attacked by extremists protesting against hunting ban

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 09:06

The ban was imposed by the government in an apparent move to back the designation of Vella as Commissioner for the Environment and try to silence criticisms

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European Medicines Agency must rule on killer drug by November 30. Is Europe closer to saving its vultures and eagles?

Thu, 25/09/2014 - 14:59

After months of wrestling, the European Commission has given mandate to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to assess the risks to vulture populations of the use of veterinary medicines containing diclofenac.

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Portugal’s Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns to celebrate migration of soaring birds

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 08:33

The Sagres Birdwatching Festival returns, to the delight of bird lovers and ornithologists, who gather every year to observe the beautiful spectacle of different species flying over the village of Sagres on migration to warmer climates.

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France: LPO takes direct action to liberate poached Ortolans

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 14:30

Every year in France, thousands of Ortolan Buntings are poached, mutilated and killed in breach of EU and national laws. On Thursday 4 September, the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO, BirdLife in France) members went on the offensive, to liberate captured birds and make formal accusations against poachers to the French authorities.

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Ireland’s new Rural Development Programme comes as a lifeline for farmland birds

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 11:27

Great news for BirdWatch Ireland! At the beginning of July, BirdLife Partner in this green island had the pleasure to receive an announcement from Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: farmers undertaking actions to conserve critically-threatened farmland birds will get priority access to substantial funding within Ireland’s new Rural Development Programme.

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Rural Development Plans are being prepared under the Common Agriculture Policy to protect farmland wildlife

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 10:00

On the 15th of September 2014, a wide range of stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss Rural Development Plans for the period 2014-2020 and options for pushing forward environmental objectives. The Conference was organised by Fundatia ADEPT, BirdLife Europe, CEEweb and the European Environmental Bureau.

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