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Please help to strengthen bird tourism in Iberia

Tue, 01/06/2010 - 16:01

In 2008, the BirdLife Partners in Spain (SEO/BirdLife) and Portugal (SPEA) started a project to improve ornithological tourism in relation to the Natura 2000 network. The project will focus on Spain and Portugal but will have relevance to the Natura 2000 network as a whole. The BirdLife Secretariat is supporting this project.

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Protecting mainland Europe’s rarest songbird

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 12:35

Government officials from states across Europe and Africa, as well as experts and conservationists, came together in Biebrza National Park, Poland, to discuss the survival of mainland Europe’s rarest songbird, the Vulnerable Aquatic Warbler.

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Natuurpunt: 15 years educating people to love nature

Mon, 17/05/2010 - 06:02

This year “Natuurpunt Educatie”, the education branch of Natuurpunt (BirdLife in Belgium), celebrates its 15th anniversary. The tradition of environmental education in Belgium is much older, however; the institution dealing with these issues which was to merge with Natuurpunt in 2001 was already operating in 1935.

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Malta Spring hunting is unlawful

Fri, 14/05/2010 - 06:00

The new derogation contravenes the requirements of the EU Birds Directive as it clearly fails to satisfy the key conditions required by EU legislation: Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur and Common Quail Coturnix coturnix are in unfavourable conservation status in Europe and as required by the Commission’s guidance on hunting, no derogation for these species should be allowed.

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Irish Twite danger

Wed, 12/05/2010 - 13:26

Twite face imminent extinction in Ireland according to BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife Partner). Conservation measures have been proposed to try and save the remaining breeding population.

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2010 Goldman Prize for Europe: Ma≈Çgorzata Górska - Video

Tue, 20/04/2010 - 14:55

OTOP's (BirdLife in Poland) Ma≈Çgorzata Górska led the fight to protect Polands Rospuda Valley, one of Europes last true wilderness areas, from a controversial highway project that would have destroyed the regions sensitive ecosystems. This video is narrated by actor and environmentalist Robert Redford. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest award for grassroots environmentalists.

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Training 2,500 leaders in conservation

Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:43

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) recently hosted a special evening to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. This event took place in Cambridge, UK, which is where the programme was conceived and initiated by BirdLife International back in 1985.

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New spring hunting season in Malta

Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:37

The shameful decision by the Maltese Government to open the spring hunting season in 2010 is a set back for nature conservation, which is particularly disturbing as 2010 is supposed to be the ‘International Year of Biodiversity’.

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Monitoring, indicators and targets

Wed, 24/03/2010 - 13:41

The 18th Conference of the European Bird Census Council is taking place in, Cáceres (Extremadura), Spain between 22-26 March 2010.

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120,000 people call for a stop to illegal hunting on Malta

Wed, 24/03/2010 - 09:55

BirdLife Malta (BirdLife Partner) have received reports about a series of illegal shooting incidents as the spring migration starts on the island...

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2010: celebrating Swallows

Wed, 24/02/2010 - 13:46

In this International Year of Biodiversity, MME (BirdLife in Hungary) has decided to celebrate the the three common species of swallow and martins: Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, Northern House-martin Delichon urbicumand Sand Martin Riparia riparia.

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Is Europe ready for global leadership on biodiversity in 2010?

Wed, 24/02/2010 - 13:43

As with every Presidency of the EU, BirdLife International has also launched its publication Greening Europe, highlighting BirdLife's EU policy priorities for the upcoming six months and providing Spain with 'five keys to a successful Presidency'.

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BirdLife April Fool - Cuck-who? Amazing new call caught on video

Thu, 09/04/2009 - 14:54

BirdLife have reported a strange twist in the tale of Europes harbinger of spring the Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus. In a dramatic discovery, returning cuckoos have been heard and filmed calling with a highly distinctive variation of the normal call. The new call is best described as Oooh-Kuck, Oooh-Kuck...!

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The British Birdfair - Video

Thu, 09/04/2009 - 14:44

A BirdLife interview with organisers of the British Birdfair Tim Appleton and Martin Davies. They explain how by attending the fair and indulging your passion for wildlife, youll be helping to support BirdLife's Preventing Extinctions Programme.

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RSPB interview with Huw Irranca-Davies - UK Minister for Marine and Natural Environment at Defra - Video

Thu, 09/04/2009 - 14:41

Interview by Euan Dunn (RSPB's Head of Marine) with Huw Irranca-Davies - UK Minister for Marine and Natural Environment at Defra.

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