News Europe and Central Asia

Protection set to increase for migratory birds of prey in Europe, Asia and Africa

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 12:09

The EU Council of Ministers is on its way to signing an important MoU that would significantly increase protection for migratory raptors across European, Asian and African flyways, after a recommendation to do so by the European Commission.

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BirdLife Malta prepares for another illegal spring hunt

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 12:02

BirdLife Malta has announced Spring Watch Malta 2011, a conservation camp which forms a crucial part of their fight against the illegal spring hunting that is rife in Malta.

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186 NGOs protest against Turkish draft law that could destroy the Anatolia region

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 14:28

Representatives of 186 civil society associations gathered outside the Turkish Parliament on Monday in protests against Turkey’s contradictory and worrying ‘Nature and Biodiversity Conservation’ draft law.

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Red-breasted Geese to be monitored using GPS for the first time

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 11:44

A project aiming to monitor the behaviour and movements of the endangered Red-breasted Goose has received a boost.

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Crisis in Cyprus: Illegal bird trapping reaches disastrous levels

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 07:57

BirdLife Cyprus has released its newest report on illegal bird trapping with data gathered between 31 August and 8 November 2010, showing a dramatic rise in such activity.

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BirdLife Europe highlights its hopes for the Hungarian EU Presidency

Tue, 25/01/2011 - 13:53

With the bi-annual release of Greening Europe, Birdlife Europe publishes its EU policy priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the EU.

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Help stop illegal hunting in Malta

Wed, 19/01/2011 - 14:56

Illegal hunting is a widespread and serious problem in Malta, with poachers specifically targeting protected birds including raptors (birds of prey) and Herons as well as rarer visitors to the islands.

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Birds in Europe: Population Estimates, Trends and Conservation Status

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 13:30

374 pages, Out of print. Birds in Europe: Population Estimates, Trends and Conservation Status covers the European continent from Greenland in the west to the Urals in the east, and from Svalbard in the north to the Canary Islands in the south

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European Bird Populations: Estimates and Trends

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 13:30

160 pages, Out of print. The publication of European Bird Populations: Estimates and Trends means that, for the first time, all pan-European data on bird populations and their distribution are available in one book.

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Habitats for birds in Europe

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 13:30

464 pages, Out of print. This book brings together more than 190 bird and habitat conservation experts from all over Europe, to examine the threats to Europe's eight major habitat types, and propose policies and actions to protect and restore them.

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Birds in Europe: Their Conservation Status

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 13:30

600 pages, Out of print. This milestone publication presents the first thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds.

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Important Bird Areas in Europe: Priority Sites for Conservation 2 Volume Set

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 13:00

1600 pages, £35, Available to buy. Updated and extended, this book provides comprehensive coverage of the 3,619 most important sites for bird conservation in 51 European countries, equivalent to seven percent of the continent's land area.

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EU postpones cleanup of biofuels policy again

Wed, 05/01/2011 - 12:16

Hopes of a sustainable future for EU biofuels policy have been dealt a blow following the European Commission's decision to delay a critical decision on how to account for the impacts of 'indirect land use change' (ILUC).

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The Egyptian Vulture - What’s going on in Africa?

Tue, 04/01/2011 - 08:02

Since 2003 BSPB is working for the conservation of the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria. The gained knowledge during these years firmly shows that the main reason for the species decline is the increased adult mortality due to various anthropogenic threats. Significant part of the loss of birds is happening outside Bulgaria during the migration and wintering. In the last 7 years probably more than 20 adult birds did not return from their wintering areas.

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Supporters rally to save Europe’s rarest seabird

Thu, 16/12/2010 - 12:22

During the summer of 2010, forest fires ravaged parts of Madeira, a Portuguese island and home to Europe’s rarest seabird, Zino’s Petrel. However, BirdLife supporters around the world rallied to help.

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Safe ground for redbreasts

Wed, 15/12/2010 - 14:14

The "Safe Ground for Redbreasts" project is one of the largest and most ambitious initiatives aimed at the conservation of a threatened wildfowl species to be conducted in Europe. It addresses all of the main threats facing the Red-breasted Geese in Coastal Dobrudzha, north-eastern Bulgaria, which supports 80-90% of the world population in winter...

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Birds flying in the Prado Museum

Thu, 02/12/2010 - 12:54

Kingfishers, bustards, robins, spoonbills, eagles, vultures, falcons, hoopoes and goldfinches, among many other birds who ‘fly’ in the Prado Museum.

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Reducing conflict between Israel's air force and migratory birds - podcast

Tue, 30/11/2010 - 13:31

Autumn is one of the busiest times of the year for migrating bird with over 500 million birds crossing the country as they make their journey south from Europe and Asia seeking warming weather in Africa. BBC correspondent Jon Donnison spoke with Dr Yossi Leshem from Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI / BirdLife Partner) to hear about their successful work reducing the conflicts between migratory birds and airplanes.

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