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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.
The Rhinoceros Iguana, classed as Vulnerable to extinction, is only found on the island of Hispaniola © Pixabay

Project to save the “Rhinoceros of the Caribbean...

Fri, 02/03/2018
A successful habitat restoration project in the Dominican Republic has been awarded prestigious certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council, in recognition of its services to nature and the local community. It’s a shining example of what can be achieved when companies and NGOs work together.
Odysseus and the Sirens, Otto Greiner

A small rock holds back a great wave

Fri, 02/02/2018
In the editorial for our Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Ariel Brunner contemplates the 'Homeric' journey ahead through the political waters of 2018

The "Nature Watchdogs" keeping Cyprus...

Thu, 27/07/2017
Each morning, volunteers patrol Cyprus’ most valuable natural habitats in order to keep them in pristine condition. This is their story.
Andros Island, Bahamas © Shutterstock

Using IBAs to uncover America's hidden...

Thu, 20/07/2017
BirdLife Partners in the United States, Bahamas, Belize and Paraguay are clubbing together to promote ecotourism in places where poverty overlaps with IBAs, a pioneering project that will enrich these areas for both people and nature

Dire Straits - is Europe protecting its seabirds?

Wed, 07/06/2017
A new scientific paper, spearheaded by our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Marine Policy’.
Surveying fiscal benefits pilot sites © Candice Stevens

South Africa gets first biodiversity tax...

Tue, 11/04/2017
BirdLife South Africa’s Fiscal Benefits Project is proud to announce that the very first biodiversity tax incentive has been placed in a landowner’s tax return.
Sokoke Scops Owl © Peter Steward

Mapping the world's most threatened bird...

Wed, 15/03/2017
A new Story Map, produced by BirdLife, highlights vital endangered birding habitats in Africa, and showcases some success stories from Australia.

Irreplaceable: Mar Chiquita Lake, Argentina

Wed, 01/02/2017
In our 'Irreplaceable' series, we cast a light on the globally-significant bird habitats that are in danger of disappearing forever...