The EU is calling for entries for the 2016 Natura 2000 Awards

Fri, 09/10/2015 - 15:45

Anyone who works to protect nature through the network is eligible. Read more about the deadline, how you can apply, and how to vote for your favourite conservation organisation.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Co-operation key for reversing biodiversity declines

Fri, 09/10/2015 - 14:16

Protecting and restoring nature in the European Union is incredibly important, but how do we stop declines in biodiversity? With the European Commission’s publication of a mid-term report on the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 last week came confirmation that the situation remains hugely concerning.

Europe and Central Asia

New protected areas announced for seabirds in Portugal

Thu, 08/10/2015 - 13:43

The designation of two new Special Protection Areas in Portugal has been approved by the country’s government, according to BirdLife’s Portuguese Partner SPEA.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal Seabirds and Marine

From casual birdwatching to bird monitoring and conservation

Thu, 08/10/2015 - 13:15

BirdLife in Macedonia used the recently-concluded Euro Birdwatch to help in creating the next generation of local conservationists. Here's how.

Europe and Central Asia Macedonia Capacity Development - Europe and Central Asia

Pacific's Petrels in Peril: a new initiative to save these iconic birds

Wed, 07/10/2015 - 02:24

Pacific Petrels in Peril is the first comprehensive plan to protect this family of birds. Priority actions will include finding the breeding sites of Fiji Petrel, Beck's Petrel and Heinroths Shearwater.

Pacific Marine - Pacific

A special bird - New Zealand Black Petrel.  Photo by Karen Baird

Who will win Forest & Bird's Bird of the Year 2015

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 23:02

Forest & Bird's annual Bird of the Year competition has kicked off again. 50 birds, many backed by local celebrities, all vying for the crown of New Zealand's top bird!

Pacific New Zealand Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Pacific

The numbers are in for Euro Birdwatch 2015

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 14:48

The staggering count of migratory birds from this year's birdwatching festival, plus its rare species sightings.

Europe and Central Asia Migratory Birds and Flyways - Europe and Central Asia

Alarming decrease of waterbird populations in West Africa

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 10:17

Status of the East Atlantic Flyway 2014 - Alarming decrease of waterbird populations in West Africa: over one million birds missing in Banc d’Arguin and Bijagos Archipelago.

Africa Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Mangrove forest, Mexico

Pronatura's mangrove restoration gets helping hand from Ricoh

Fri, 02/10/2015 - 17:34

Over the next three years, Pronatura aims to restore 15 hectares of mangrove and provide economic benefits to local communities using this important habitat.

Americas Mexico Capacity Development

Rehabilitating disused old mines into havens of nature

Fri, 02/10/2015 - 16:50

The TESSA toolkit analyses benefits of different land uses to nature and the local community so decision-makers can pick the best one. It's being used to promote turning disused EU quarries into public parks and nature reserves.

Europe and Central Asia Netherlands

BirdLife has been nurturing the next conservation leaders for 30 years through CLP

2016 Conservation Leadership Programme Team Awards: Call for Applications

Fri, 02/10/2015 - 12:08

Applications for the 2016 Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Conservation Team Awards are now open. There are three awards categories ranging from $12500 to $40,000 per project.

Worldwide Capacity Development

Intensive agriculture, Denmark

EU admits failing its own targets for protecting nature

Fri, 02/10/2015 - 11:45

The mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 has today been published by the European Commission – and it shows only limited progress has been made on many of the key targets set at the start of this decade, with a complete failure to address unsustainable agriculture.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Gran Sol may have 'plenty of fish in the sea', but its seabirds are declining

Thu, 01/10/2015 - 09:48

The area hosts about 50 fishing boats, so seabird bycatch is a worrying problem. Can SEO/BirdLife in Spain and BirdLife's Seabird Task Force find a solution?

Europe and Central Asia Spain Marine

How the fishing sector and environmental NGOs work together

Tue, 29/09/2015 - 15:18

The RSPB's Euan Dunn explains how it all began 20 years ago, when fishing became about more than just the fish.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

The EU is developing an all-round strategy to protect African wildlife

Tue, 29/09/2015 - 12:50

'Larger than elephants' aims to tackle illegal killing and trade, habitat loss and extinctions of animals and birds, as well as another problem that has been flying under the radar.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

The Wadden Sea is in danger, says first-ever migration report of whole East Atlantic Flyway

Mon, 28/09/2015 - 13:57

This Natura 2000 and UNESCO World Heritage Site is used by 12 million migratory birds every year, but unlike the other birds that use the flyway, their numbers are dropping.

Europe and Central Asia Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

Will the EU’s new invasive species regulation miss the chance to save billions of euros?

Mon, 28/09/2015 - 13:36

Invasive alien species cause not only bird extinctions, but also economic damage. However, the new regulation may not be up to scratch.

Europe and Central Asia Invasive Alien Species - Europe and Central Asia