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Europe's vultures are at risk from the sale of veterinary diclofenac (Svetoslav Spasov)

Diclofenac: a Vulture killer – watch this new video

Tue, 29/04/2014 - 08:25

Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory drug whose veterinary use has been the main cause of the catastrophic 99% decline of several species of vultures in South Asia.

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BirdLife Partners are LIFE masters!

Mon, 28/04/2014 - 15:34

Each year, the European Commission evaluates all completed projects funded through the LIFE programme and this year, 4 out of the 11 Best LIFE Nature projects receiving the award have been implemented by BirdLife partners.

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Celebrate and support your favourite nature sites!

Mon, 28/04/2014 - 12:45

On 21 May, the EU will celebrate the Natura 2000 Day for the 2nd year. Natura 2000 is the network of Europe’s richest nature sites, more than 26,000 remarkable places forming a total area of almost one million square kilometres.

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BirdLife Finland succeeds in court battle over endangered species

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 10:35

Long-tailed duck is classified worldwide as Vulnerable. In southern Finland, a license for spring hunting of the species was authorized in year 2011, further threatening the survival of the population. BirdLife Finland and its local member organisation are working to save the species and lodged a complaint to the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. The complaint proved successful as the Court found the license for spring hunting illegal.

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Legality of spring hunting under fire in Malta and Brussels

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 09:53

In Malta, the illegal killing of birds is particularly widespread and with each hunting season, many protected birds are being shot due to lack of adequate controls and monitoring.

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Italy put in hot spot as Commission calls to end live bird decoy use in hunting

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 14:34

Hunting practices in Italy have been put under fire recently by the European Commission due to the common hunting method involving the capture of wild birds to use as live decoys.

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Ria de Alvor: Pioneer decision in Portugal stands up for nature

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:08

A landmark decision has taken place in courts in Portugal as the Central Administrative Court South upheld the conviction of the owners of Quinta da Rocha requiring them to restore habitats that were destroyed because of their development in the Ria de Alvor.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

New birdwatching guide shows best birding sites in Greece

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 11:51

HOS, BirdLife in Greece, has just released a new guide designed for birdwatchers, photographers and naturalists to provide all information needed to see some of the most important birds of Greece.

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Natuurpunt now manages 20,000 hectares of nature

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 10:49

In Belgium; our BirdLife Partner Natuurpunt has crossed the symbolic threshold of 20,000 hectares of nature reserve management.

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