News IBAs

Researchers used drone technology, satellite imagery and good, old-fashioned counting © Christian Aslund

How a new network of Marine Protected Areas would...

Mon, 18/01/2021
Since explorers first set eyes on Antarctica over 200 years ago, human activity has been impacting its wildlife. A new study led by BirdLife pinpoints some of the most important sites for penguins in Antarctic waters, adding weight behind the proposal to instate a network of Marine Protected Areas.
Traslasierra National Park plays host to the Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Near Threatened) © Tony Morris / Flickr

Major national park expansion for South America’s...

Wed, 13/01/2021
Great news for the Gran Chaco, South America’s second largest forest and home to a host of rare and threatened species. This year, a major national park in Argentina will expand its size by almost 50% – benefiting both wildlife and local livelihoods.

Natura Alert: Using citizen science to protect...

Thu, 17/12/2020

Since the late 1970s, the BirdLife Partnership has worked together to  identify, docume

Collared Brown Lemur © Belinda Bertrand / Flickr

New research station protects Madagascar forest...

Tue, 26/05/2020
Geographical isolation and rugged terrain have given rise to astounding wildlife within Madagascar’s Tsitongambarika Forest, but have also made it difficult to reach and protect – until recently. Introducing Ampasy Research Station: a hub for community support and enabling forest conservation from the inside out.

5 vital projects that will continue in 2020

Thu, 30/04/2020
The good thing about BirdLife is that, as a truly global organisation, we’re already great at staying connected, even when we’re thousands of miles apart. Here are just a few of the ways our work will carry on over the coming months, even if it’s from our living rooms…
93% of the Black-breasted Puffleg's habitat has been altered or degraded © Murray Cooper

Growing flowers to save a Critically Endangered...

Mon, 27/01/2020
In Ecuador’s high Andean forests, the Black-breasted Puffleg is running out of habitat. A forest restoration programme offers hope, working with local people to plant the species’ favourite flowers.
Lake Kivu, Rwanda is a KBA © Tetyana Dotsenko / Shutterstock

How our network of vital bird habitats is...

Mon, 13/01/2020
The rock-solid criteria we use to identify Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) is now being used as the foundation for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) – a new standard in site-based conservation which expands the concept beyond birds to all life on our planet.
© Richard Whitcombe

Explore the latest threatened bird habitats we...

Wed, 18/12/2019
Our list of Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas in Danger is so much more than a number. Each year we update this list and produce a Story Map, enabling you to immerse yourself in the unique tales of some of these areas. Find out what has happened to last year’s spotlight IBAs in Danger and discover new incredible but imperilled habitats in our latest instalment.
Pied Oystercatchers at Coorong IBA, Australia © Tom Brinkworth / Shutterstock

The greatest threats facing Important Bird &...

Tue, 03/12/2019
The threats facing the world’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are complex and varied. But thanks to improvements and innovations in monitoring over the past 40 years, we have a clearer picture than ever of the main issues – and the IBAs most at risk.
Ski tourism threatened to slice through vital habitats in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria © Leondeleeuw

10 vital bird habitats saved through conservation...

Tue, 26/11/2019
While it is impossible for us to protect every last bit of nature in existence, we can at least throw our energy and collective influence behind saving those that will have the greatest impact to the persistence of biodiversity on the planet. Here are just a few examples…
Wildlife at Hoo Peninsula, UK © Julian Hoffman

Author interview: Irreplaceable - the fight to...

Tue, 01/10/2019
What makes a natural site special to people? Too often realisation hits after a place is gone. We interview author Julian Hoffman about human connection to landscapes, experiences shaped by endangered natural places and unsung species, and the stalwart local people fighting urgently to save them.
The delta is home to 40,000 Snow Geese © Bird Studies Canada

Canada delta in danger from trading port expansion

Wed, 10/07/2019
Fraser River Delta is one of British Columbia’s most vital habitats for migratory shorebirds, and the site of a major discovery about how shorebirds feed. Two BirdLife Partners, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, are joining forces with BC Nature to halt plans for a huge trading port on-site.

Victory for Montenegro’s bird paradise!

Sat, 06/07/2019
Ulcinj Salina has been declared a national protected area! For the past 15 years, our Montenegrin partner CZIP has fought tirelessly to block a controversial building development poised to destroy one of Europe’s most important migratory bird sites.
The Giant Ibis measures more than a metre tall © Jonathan Eames

Birdfair 2019 project announced: Conserving...

Thu, 14/03/2019
On the same day it was revealed that the total amount raised by the British Birdwatching Fair for conservation has passed the £5 million mark, the event dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Birding’ revealed this year’s project: protecting Western Siem Pang, a haven for five Critically Endangered bird species

Thousands of birds at risk as wetland is...

Fri, 01/02/2019
Doñana National Park, in Spain, is a crucial stopover point for thousands of migrating birds. However, over-intensive irrigation is threatening these valuable wetlands.
The Madagascar Pond-heron (Endangered) finds refuge in the reserve - for now © Hanjo Hellman

Tanzania’s largest wildlife reserve threatened by...

Wed, 22/08/2018
One of the last areas of untouched wilderness in the world could face irreversible damage. Building a hydroelectric dam in Selous Game Reserve contravenes Tanzanian environmental laws for this World Heritage Site, as well as threatening Endangered bird species.

Bulldozers over Almany threaten the Greater...

Wed, 01/08/2018
Road construction through Belarus’ Almany Mires is devastating ancient bogs in one of the country’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas.
Mar Chiquita lake harbours most of the planet's Chilean Flamingos © Pablo Rodriguez Merkel

Argentina is about to get its largest National...

Mon, 30/07/2018
This year’s British Birdwatching Fair will support the creation of Argentina's largest national park, in the process providing a haven to nearly a million flamingos and shorebirds.