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At 1.5 metres long the Helmeted Hornbill is the largest of its kind in Asia © Michaela Koschova

Ivory poachers driving rare bird to extinction

Wed, 28/09/2016
It's not just elephants and rhinos that face the wrath of ivory poachers; the distinctive casque of the Helmeted Hornbill is also being targeted for its supposed medicinal benefits.

Conservation: not just about the birds and the...

Tue, 27/09/2016
All too often, the social, political and economic impact conservation work has on local communities is overlooked. INTRINSIC, a new package of training materials, is designed to help conservationists build a greater understanding to the 'social dimensions' of their work.
Drill ©Bernard Dupont/flickr

BirdLife launches Regional Implementation Team...

Tue, 27/09/2016
On Thursday 22nd September, 2016, Birdlife International and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), formally launched the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot in Accra, Ghana.
White-necked Picathartes

Threatened African rainforest teeming with unique...

Fri, 23/09/2016
A newly-declared national park in Liberia forms a ‘Transboundary Peace Park’ with neighbouring Sierra Leone that protects a biodiversity hotspot that is home to everything from elephants to eagle-owls.
Vinaceous Amazon © Vagmak/Flickr

Fancy a mate? Only if shade grown

Fri, 23/09/2016
Organic yerba mate receives a healthy infusion from Darwin Initiative grants scheme.

The best of both worlds: a joint statement from...

Thu, 22/09/2016
If politics is, as they say, ‘the art of the possible’, then the HeidelbergCement-BirdLife partnership has very good news for the European Commission.
Almost 20,000 White-chinned Petrel are set to be saved thanks to new law passed by Namibian government © Stephanie Winnard

World’s worst fishery for bycatch turns ‘seabird...

Thu, 22/09/2016
New law passed in Namibia to protect 30,000 seabirds from death by trawling or longlining.
Mexico's national bird © Marc Jones

New study reveals nesting secrets of Golden Eagle

Thu, 15/09/2016
New tracking project reveals crucial information for the conservation of Mexico’s national bird, including five new breeding territories near a quarry in Sonora. The majestic predator loves places that are hard to reach.
Thick-billed Parrot © Josh More

Pronatura wins Mexico's Ecological Merit...

Wed, 14/09/2016
Pronatura (BirdLife Mexico) was awarded for the social impact of its environmental work, winning the award in the 'Community' category. Read how their impact goes beyond saving birds.
Raccoon dog © Michelle Bender

We are not alone – alien plants & animals...

Wed, 14/09/2016
As of today, leading European experts will gather for three days of intensive discussion in Luxembourg to assess the spread of alien lifeforms among us.
Ricord's Rock Iguana © Juan Sangiovanni/ Shutterstock

Digging deep to save Rock Iguana

Tue, 13/09/2016
This robust, prehistoric looking species is fighting for survival with all populations covering an area of less than 100 km2 .

BirdLife Europe and Partners call for “A new...

Tue, 13/09/2016
BirdLife Europe and Partners have joined over 100 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions to call for a new Europe that is inclusive, open, just, sustainable, and that works for people of all ages, social backgrounds and nations.
Critically Endangered Hooded Grebe © Santiago Imberti

Hooded Grebe threatened by dam construction

Sat, 10/09/2016
BREAKING NEWS: An emergency motion passed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress appeals to Argentinian Government to save Critically Endangered bird
Barn Swallow, by Vanesa Bezlaj, aged 15, from Slovenia was the winner of Spring Alive's drawing competition

Dear Africa, they’re in your hands now

Thu, 08/09/2016
Dear friends in Africa, We’ve done our best. Now they’re all in your hands. Please look after our migratory birds. Thank you, Europe.
Asian Houbara © The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC)

Kuwaiti coast guards foil bid to smuggle at-risk...

Thu, 08/09/2016
Earlier this month, coast guards in Kuwait intercepted an Iranian ship attempting to smuggle 100 Asian Houbaras, a bustard used as prey in falconry training.

Where shall we go? Contemplating Europe's...

Thu, 08/09/2016

On the 15-16 of September European Heads of State will converge on Bratislava to discus

Birds in a changing world

Thu, 08/09/2016
Yesterday, I shared my impressions from the first day of the BirdNumbers 2016 conference and some first insights into the health of our continent...
White-tailed Eagle © Valerie O'Sullivan

What do birds tell us about the health of our...

Wed, 07/09/2016
I’m currently in Halle, Germany, following the works of “BirdNumbers 2016”.