New book and mobile app to guide people’s interest in nature of Qatar

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 11:34

The first ever field guide book to the birds of Qatar and a mobile application - 'Qatar e-Nature' – have been produced by the Friends of the Environment Center in Qatar

Middle East Qatar Capacity Development

Let’s leave a share for our meadow birds

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 13:04

Winter fields are so barren that the once common sights and sounds of meadowland birds are vanishing across Europe. But one farmer in Belgium is helping change this.

Europe and Central Asia Belgium

Community empowerment in Ruyigi through local-led conservation

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 16:40

The community of Ruyigi in the East of Burundi, represented by the association Serukubeze, a Site Support Group (SSG), is engaged in protecting the Mpungwe Mountain Chain, the country’s largest ecosystem.

Africa Burundi

Portugal's birding at your fingertips

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 14:50

Now available at your fingertips, all you need to know about more than 100 species of bird and birdwatching in mainland Portugal, the Azores and Madeira archipelagos.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

Swifts. Photo: Shaun Hurrell

Special first moments captured on video when second swift returns from migration

Sat, 23/05/2015 - 15:57

How would you behave when reunited with a loved one after spending 9 months apart (and after spending 9 months without sitting down)?

Worldwide United Kingdom

US Federal Government Agency to look at tackling bird deaths at oil pits, gas flares, and power lines

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 16:09

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to address millions of grisly and unnecessary bird deaths by strengthening implementation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Americas United States of America Migratory Birds and Flyways

Get behind nature on International Day of Biological Diversity

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 13:20

This year's focus is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. BirdLife International has an impressive track record of creating the environmental conditions for sustainable development,

Worldwide Local Empowerment

Drama in Dalmatian Pelican conservation

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 12:40

“And then the video was gone.” Described by Bjanka Prakljacic from Noé Conservation, this moment embodies the worry and investment teams put into conservation projects. For conservationists working to protect the remaining breeding colonies of Dalmatian Pelican on Lake Skadar in the Balkans, the fear of breeding failure is an intensely nerve-racking experience.

Worldwide Montenegro

Stornoway sing with their senses in tune with the natural world

Tue, 19/05/2015 - 15:26

Brian Briggs from Stornoway talks about how the sights and sounds of the natural world have inspired the making of their new album "Bonxie".

Worldwide United Kingdom Local Empowerment

Women in Conservation: Cherchez les femmes!

Mon, 18/05/2015 - 08:07

This seventh and last article in the series about 'women in conservation' lists the main lessons learned from the five ‘Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies’ projects that were implemented between May 2014 and March 2015, at five Eastern Afromontane KBAs in Kenya and Uganda.

Africa Kenya Capacity Development

Women in Conservation: Can the neck overtake the head?

Thu, 14/05/2015 - 09:46

This sixth article in the series about 'women in conservation' describes how cultural barriers prevented women from taking leadership roles in community conservancies in Northern Kenya. But even culture can change.

Africa Kenya Local Empowerment

BirdLife launches #itsmynature campaign

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 20:06

Today we launch our campaign “It’s my nature” (#itsmynature). We have chosen this motto for a million reasons.

Here are just three:

Europe and Central Asia

NatureWatch App Launched! Watch nature, share moments, conserve sites

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 12:10

NatureWatch is a new iPhone App from BirdLife International which allows you to plan your wildlife adventures, share your experiences, and help conserve some of the best sites for wildlife in the world.

Worldwide Australia Local Empowerment

Africa begins Journey to Combat Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:42

Experts from governments, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), African Union (AU), Regional Economic Commissions, civil society organisations and donors met in Brazzaville to develop an African Strategy to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade to coordinate action across the continent.


Nature alert. Commission alerted

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:35

It’s a tale of two miracles. The first: over 100 NGOs, in 28 European capitals, are launching a campaign today to stop Juncker’s attack against the laws that protect Nature. The second? By re-reading the Directives we’ve rediscovered an idea of Europe we can love: one of a community that protects its nature.

Europe and Central Asia

The challenge of bringing marine wildlife back in EU waters

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:55

Member States urgently need to implement the marine Natura 2000 network and underpin it with concrete measures that will give our seabirds a fighting chance against the growing threats they face at sea.

Europe and Central Asia

Four good reasons to defend the Nature Directives

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:03

By the time the 1970s hit Europe, one had to go to remote corners to be surrounded by nature and see spectacular wildlife such as eagles, pelicans and large mammals. Centuries of persecution and habitat loss had taken its toll. But over the last decades the landscape has changed dramatically and species that were low in number are coming back. Why? The Birds and Habitats Directives.

Europe and Central Asia

Red herrings, Trojan horses and booby traps: debunking 5 myths and lies on the “need to overhaul” nature protection laws

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 09:49

Beneath a thin veil of “better regulation”, what is really happening is a concerted attack on nature conservation. Any reopening of the Birds and Habitats Directives would damage conservation. Anyone saying the opposite is either tragically naïve, or in seriously bad faith.

Europe and Central Asia