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Reversing the tide on marine litter

Thu, 16/07/2015
Marine litter is becoming more common than sand at the beach and it’s threatening the lives of seabirds. In Germany, some useful actions are being taken to combat the issue.
Guianan Cock-of-the-rock © Maxime Dechelle

Protecting birds in ‘tropical’ Europe

Mon, 13/07/2015
The EU’s environment laws do not extend to its Member States’ overseas entities. This leaves it up to NGOs to save their globally threatened endemic species.
10 reasons to get your children out to a Spring Alive event. Photo: Kamila Nienałtowska

10 reasons for your child to celebrate spring with Spring Alive

Mon, 13/07/2015
It is Spring Alive’s anniversary, so we celebrate 10 big years of this amazing movement by giving 10 big reasons to celebrate the arrival of spring with migratory birds.
Steller's Eider caught in a gillnet off Estonia. Photo: Markus Vetemaa

Great news for Pacific seabirds and marine mammals as Russia bans driftnet fishery

Tue, 07/07/2015
This is great news for a region which BirdLife recently highlighted as killing an estimated 140,000 seabirds each year. However, bycatch in gillnet fisheries is a huge global problem that we are not shying away from. Read on to find out more about this problem and how we are solving it.

SEA ALERT

Mon, 06/07/2015
As millions of Europeans go to the beach (or dream about it) the seas are dying. Only 5,9% is protected and the Mediterranean is almost entirely overfished. This is not the time for less protection, it’s time for #naturealert

Fighting the enemies of Europe’s natural world

Mon, 06/07/2015
“Timmermans and Juncker want to improve the Nature Directives? We have our doubts, but if that’s really true, here’s what they should be looking for...” Alistair Gammell, father of the Birds Directive, speaks out.

Gulls, turtles and seals, three marine triumphs

Mon, 06/07/2015
The Nature Directives work when they are put to good use. Here's the proof...

Seabirds and fishing gear - a conundrum

Mon, 06/07/2015
Seabirds can’t help but pursue fishing boats, with their bait and the promise of a tasty and easily caught meal. But they often get too close, accidentally getting hooked or entangled in fishing gear, and then helplessly drown.

Why protected areas matter

Mon, 06/07/2015
An off limit beach isn’t there to offend it’s a special place that has been set aside for the conservation of some animal, plant, or habitat.