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An idyllic birding stroll turned into a dangerous safari with the intrusion of this unexpected pachyderm © ABN

Surprise hippo invades bird walk in Burundi

Mon, 30/04/2018
The appearance of a hippopotamus at an African bird hotspot was funny and perilous in equal measure – but highlights the underlying problem of human encroachment driving these massive mammals out of their usual home
100 organisations from 70 countries gathered under one roof to tackle threats to migratory birds © Pawel Horazy

A Summit for the Flyways: our declaration

Fri, 27/04/2018
Today marked the end of a four-day global summit, which brought together key players in bird conservation from across the world to discuss one issue: how to protect migratory birds at every point along their epic journey. Here’s what we decided.
The iconic sight of an Atlantic Puffin loading its beak with fish may soon be a thing of the past © Pixabay

7 birds you won’t believe are threatened with extinction

Wed, 25/04/2018
It’s a worrying trend: even birds that were once considered common and widespread are now plummeting towards extinction. Some of the species on this list will shock you.
Arjan holding a Sclater's Crowned-pigeon in Papua New Guinea, that he bought in order to save and release © Laurens Steijn

Meet the man with the record for most bird species seen in a year

Tue, 24/04/2018
Interview: Arjan Dwarshuis owns the world record for the number of bird species spotted in a single year. He has some interesting tales to tell...
The European Turtle Dove is one of many familiar bird species that now find themselves Globally Threatened [Photo: Revital Salomon]

Even familiar birds at risk of extinction, new study finds

Mon, 23/04/2018
The 2018 State of the World’s Birds report, which provides a comprehensive look at the health of bird populations globally, has found that the extinction crisis has spread so far that even some well-known species are now in danger.
Flying Fish Cove is the capital of Christmas Island, Australia, which is an IBA in Danger

Interactive map: explore the world’s most threatened bird paradises

Fri, 20/04/2018
The latest data gathered by the BirdLife Partnership reveals that over 240 areas globally important for the conservation of birds are in imminent danger of being lost forever. Explore some of the most imperiled sites, and discover the threats they face, with our updated IBAs in Danger Story Map
© Cambridge Conservation Initiative

How do we spread word about the biodiversity crisis? Experts weigh in.

Mon, 16/04/2018
For many experts, the loss of biodiversity around the world is a crisis of equal magnitude to climate change, yet public awareness remains low. To discuss how to change that, a panel of experts (including Sir David Attenborough!) hosted a high-profile event at Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
David Attenborough addressed a sold out audience © Cambridge Conservation Initiative

“The world has cause for optimism”: Sir David Attenborough’s keynote speech

Fri, 13/04/2018
If you’ve got a conservation communication problem, who ya gonna call? Sir David Attenborough! On 12 April, the Godfather of conservation addressed a sold-out audience at BirdLife's UK office, concluding an expert panel on how to communicate the biodiversity crisis. Read his inspiring speech.
Sir David Attenborough will deliver the closing remarks at today's panel event © Sam Owen

Sir David Attenborough joins world experts in calling for action for nature

Thu, 12/04/2018
On the 12th of April, Sir David Attenborough joins the head of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity and an expert panel from government, business and civil society to discuss how to mobilise global action to tackle what is said to be the greatest threat to humanity: the biodiversity crisis.