Gulls, turtles and seals, three marine triumphs

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 14:30

The Nature Directives work when they are put to good use. Here's the proof...

Europe and Central Asia

Seabirds and fishing gear - a conundrum

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 11:14

Seabirds can’t help but pursue fishing boats, with their bait and the promise of a tasty and easily caught meal. But they often get too close, accidentally getting hooked or entangled in fishing gear, and then helplessly drown.

Europe and Central Asia Marine

Why protected areas matter

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 10:59

An off limit beach isn’t there to offend it’s a special place that has been set aside for the conservation of some animal, plant, or habitat.

Europe and Central Asia

Keeping an eye on Balearic Shearwater

Sat, 04/07/2015 - 06:46

We need to keep a more careful eye on the ‘Critically Endangered’ Balearic Shearwater or else we might notice too late that it’s gone forever…

Europe and Central Asia Spain

Exotic plants, invasive rats, and fishnets

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 15:21

Invasive rats and cats eating seabird eggs and chicks, accidental entanglement in fish gear, exotic plants changing island ecology…just some of the things SPEA (BirdLife Portugal) has been battling to try and save seabirds.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

The fifth report from the islands in our extensive Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation. Anthony & Heimana (locals from Tureia) rolling up the prickly invasive plant, Lantana. Photo: Steve Cranwell; BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #5 - all just beaches and coconuts?

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 14:29

Even if an island is not inhabited anymore, the legacy of negative human impact on an environment requires real determination and effort to fix and restore.

Pacific French Polynesia Invasive Alien Species

The Lost Mountain Symposium

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 08:48

The Additive Adventure 2015 Next Gen Symposium in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is a chance for participants to elevate the conversation, connections, and skills available to university students passionate about conserving the natural world and driving positive change for human societies.

Africa Mozambique

Venturing into new territory, Africa and Asia

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:54

Newly industrialized nations are catching-up to ‘western’ standards: more money, more cars, more everything. With it comes a growing demand for cement and building materials, so BirdLife / HeidelbergCement have ventured into new partnership grounds...

Europe and Central Asia Ghana

Bye-bye Latvia, hello there Luxembourg

Tue, 30/06/2015 - 14:06

It’s not targets, graphs or indicators which are at play, but bees, birds and ecosystems. Luxembourg Presidency, this is your chance to set the stage for economic yet sustainable prosperity in Europe.

Europe and Central Asia

The Road to Resilience

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 06:56

In Burundi, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund supported capacity-building activities with communities near Kibira National Park, an Important Bird Area and Eastern Afromontane Key Biodiversity Area, to improve agricultural practices and preserve wood resources – and ultimately to reduce the pressure on the Park.

Africa Burundi Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Africa

Troubled waters for our seabirds

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 16:03

Seabirds across Europe are in trouble and lines on maps will not bring them back alone. But effective management of protected areas can give them a fighting chance to claw, peck and soar their way back up the slippery slope…away from extinction.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Harnessing the blue wealth of the Western Indian Ocean

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 14:24

“The ocean is my marine library”, were the wise words of a young Seychellois boy who read out a poem he’d written for the Opening Ceremony, the just concluded 8th Conference of the Parties (COP 8) of the Nairobi Convention with the theme “Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years”. Seychelles’ hosting the COP 8 meeting three decades after the Convention was adopted on its soil was an unprecedented coincidence.

Africa Seychelles

Operation Restoration - island update #4 - "We found the remote atoll!" Photo: Steve Cranwell, BirdLife International

Operation Restoration - island update #4 - Endangered birds found, and sharks

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:30

The Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove is one of the world’s rarest birds. Find out more about how the team are even braving sharks to save them, and how you can help.

Pacific French Polynesia Invasive Alien Species

Natura 2000, a haven for seabirds in simmering seas

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:08

Our seas are becoming warmer and acidified, extreme weather events are whipping them into a turbulent frenzy. European seabirds are in trouble, but Natura 2000 may offer a much needed haven to help them cope with this onslaught.

Europe and Central Asia

Iberian Lynx has been a conservation success (A. Rivas)

Conservation successes overshadowed by more species declines

Tue, 23/06/2015 - 11:06

Successful conservation action has boosted the populations of Iberian Lynx and Guadalupe Fur Seal, while African Golden Cat,  New Zealand Sea Lion and Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, accordi

Worldwide Preventing Extinctions

Three blades or none?

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 14:46

Spinning through flying space, three blade wind turbines are good for the climate, but are known to kill birds. A Spanish company may have invented a solution that will hit the market soon...Vortex Bladeless

Europe and Central Asia Spain

Planning for our seas

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 10:39

Will H.A. Cole’s vision come true? As we move into a new era, the seas can be planned in a way where marine nature can be safeguarded while supporting economic prosperity.

Europe and Central Asia

Operation Restoration - Acteon & Gambier island update #3

Operation Restoration - island update #3 - static shocks and successes

Fri, 19/06/2015 - 11:08

The third update from a remote island in the Pacific in our huge Acteon & Gambier Island Restoration Operation.

Worldwide Invasive Alien Species