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Whether a Common Quail migrates or not is determined by its genes © BirdLife Europe

This shy bird can escape a birdwatcher’s eye, but...

Thu, 21/03/2019
Despite its attempts to live a secretive life, the migration route of the endearingly rotund Common Quail leaves it subject to illegal trapping. Action is needed - with your help we can halt their decline and protect many other bird species at the same time.
Eurasian Blackcaps are illegally lured towards traps using recordings of their song © BirdLife Europe

Netted, glued and eaten whole – can we keep this...

Tue, 19/03/2019
The Eurasian Blackcap’s beautiful song has inspired humanity for centuries. But in Cyprus today, it is silenced by industrial-level illegal trapping using invisible nets or glue sticks: all to fuel an unlawful trade in local delicacies, run by organised criminals. Could education be the solution?
The Egyptian Vulture was once nicknamed the "Pharaoh's Chicken" © BirdLife Europe

World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost...

Thu, 28/02/2019
Hailed for its intelligence and majesty, the Egyptian Vulture was admired and worshipped throughout history. But decimated by poisoning, electrocution and illegal trophy hunting, the bird that was once an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is now Endangered. Can we save it before it’s too late?
The White Stork nests rooftops and has become an iconic part of human life © BirdLife Europe

Bird that solved migration mystery now illegally...

Tue, 26/02/2019
The White Stork, known in folklore as the bringer of babies to new parents, played a fascinating role in the discovery of bird migration. But now its migration is plagued by illegal killing. BirdLife Partners along its route are working hard to prevent this – and you can help.

Flight for Survival - Spring Migration 2019

Mon, 25/02/2019
This spring, BirdLife is telling the spectacular migratory stories of seven iconic birds – exposing the illegal threats they face along the African-Eurasian flyway.
The White Stork is among 2.6 million birds illegally killed over Lebanon each year © Carlos Delgado

Open letter: give our birds safe passage over...

Tue, 27/02/2018
With the spring migration just a few weeks away, conservation groups the world over have come together in support of an open letter to the President of Lebanon. Croatian conservationists call for the President to honour his promise for stricter enforcement of hunting laws.

Vista de una Matanza

Tue, 31/10/2017
La directora general de BirdLife International, Patricia Zurita, presenta el lanzamiento del segundo en una serie académica de informes sobre la matanza y captura ilegal de aves. Anualmente, más de 25 millones de aves en están siendo asesinadas ilegalmente en Europa y el Cáucaso.
Ortolan Bunting © Pierre Dalous

In France, the Ortolan Bunting may soon be off...

Fri, 22/09/2017
The French Ministry of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, fattened and drowned in brandy. It's a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980.

Feathers in Flames: the species being snuffed out...

Tue, 30/05/2017
A provocative new art exhibition, provided thanks to Saatchi, shows the true cost of the man-made forest flames ravaging Indonesia.
Illegally shot Hobby © David Tipling/BirdLife Malta

Stopping bird killing in the Mediterranean

Fri, 04/11/2016
Reducing the killing of protected species, improving the protection of key sites for migratory birds and ensuring adequate law enforcement.
Image: Hashim Morsy and Salwa Elhalawany

Shock and… understand: a strategy to end the...

Wed, 18/05/2016
New study reveals over 75% of bird killing and trapping in Egypt is illegal. BirdLife International releases new data on Mediterranean hotspot for illegal bird killing, and shows graphic video on killing methods.

Alexander Rukhaia wins Whitley Award for...

Wed, 18/05/2016
The founder and director of the Society for Nature Conservation in Georgia (SABUKO) is the first person from the country to win the £35,000 in funding.

Almost 1 million birds still being illegally...

Tue, 15/03/2016
Despite no more annual jumps in numbers, a record-breaking amount of birds are still being illicitly trapped to serve as the main ingredient for a local delicacy.

How eagles went from worshipped ‘kings of the...

Wed, 10/02/2016
Ancient mythology, religion and folklore equated eagles with royalty and the Gods. You would not know it from the state of the birds today.

'Slipgate': The Naked Truth

Tue, 10/11/2015
LPO/BirdLife France volunteers and journalists were physically assaulted by a man with a shovel after they attempted to remove illegal poaching traps in a village in south-east France.

The Birds Directive has made Europe safer for...

Sun, 15/03/2015

By Ariel Brunner, Head of EU Policy at BirdLife Europe.

Italy, Spain and Greece join forces to change...

Sun, 15/03/2015

In most countries the Illegal killing of protected wild birds would seem rather

First ever pan-Mediterranean study reveals scale...

Fri, 13/03/2015

By Willem van den Bossche, European Nature Conservation Officer at BirdLife Europe.