News invasive alien species

The Micronesian Scrubfowl (Endangered) is one of the only species to incubate its eggs using volcanic heat © Island Conservation

Incredible “Incubator Bird” to be saved by rat...

Tue, 08/05/2018
Kayangel Atoll is set to become the first inhabited island in the Pacific nation of Palau to be cleared of rats. As well as a healthier ecosystem for fascinating Endangered birds, residents look forward to better livelihoods through increased crop yields.
The island's rugged landscape protects birds such as the Newton's Sunbird from human influence © Lars Petersson

Exploring "African Galapagos" uncovers...

Fri, 06/04/2018
Conservationists braved the mountainous landscape of São Tomé Island in the first ever comprehensive study of three elusive bird species, with fascinating results. But their findings also highlight the urgent need for better management of the Natural Park.
Rat control has given the Giraffe Weevil a better chance of survival in New Zealand © Steve Reekie

The Lazarus Effect: protect one species,...

Thu, 08/03/2018
Pest control is saving more than just the Kiwi: species that haven't been seen for years are reappearing in New Zealand's forests. Ann Graeme shares inspiring stories of native birds, plants and insects that have returned after community conservation for a different species - "The Lazarus Effect."
Drones from local company Matarai were used to combat invasive ants © Alice Bousseyroux

Clones vs drones: Tahiti battles nine invasive...

Fri, 08/12/2017
Pounced on by rats, attacked by Myna birds and devoured by killer clone ants: it sounds like a horror film, but this year the Tahiti Monarch of French Polynesia has reached record numbers thanks to the herculean efforts of conservationists and volunteers, supported by new technology.
Northern Brown Kiwi population is stabilising, and in some areas even estimated to be growing © Neil Robert Hutton

Stars of the Red List: two kiwi species are no...

Tue, 05/12/2017
Not one, but two of New Zealand’s kiwi species are in recovery thanks to nearly 30 years of egg rearing, predator control, and community devotion.

The Bird Bulletin - vol. 17

Fri, 03/11/2017
Today's Bird Bulletin brings you updates on the Willow tit in the UK, the Bald Ibis in the Mediterranean and our plan to save African-Eurasian vultures by 2029.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 12

Fri, 23/06/2017
Science fiction or science fact? Read today's Bird Bulletin for tales of alien invasions and visions of the future!
Galapagos Penguin © Shutterstock

The penguin that paddles in paradise

Tue, 11/04/2017
No huddles please for the Galapagos Penguin; this tropical birdcalls the warm waters of the equator its home. But life in paradise is anything but a walk in the sun...
Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight colorful background © Steve Byland

Planting native species to help birds

Mon, 12/12/2016
In the fall of 2016 Audubon (BirdLife US) launched the Plants for Birds programme, which encourages and empowers people in the US to support birds by planting native species.

Malta’s commitment to protect marine life

Wed, 13/07/2016
Discover threatened seabirds and the LIFE projects that protect them on this tiny Mediterranean island nation.
The Azores are full of awe-inspiring mountains and beautiful beaches. Photo: Joaquim Teodosio

The Azores: a beautiful drop in the ocean

Tue, 12/07/2016
These islands are paradise for humans and seabirds alike, but invasive rats could threaten our feathered friends.

Data boring? Or data vital?

Thu, 21/04/2016
Do datasets make you yawn? Well think again because without good data we cannot conserve our environment effectively.

This plant's funny name belies its dangerous...

Mon, 04/04/2016
The Hottentot Fig is an invasive alien species that was favoured for its beauty, but is slowly killing other local vegetation in Portugal.

What's next for EU biodiversity?

Mon, 11/01/2016
Juncker’s long “to-do-list” to save Europe’s nature.

Looking back: Is Europe on track to save global...

Mon, 12/10/2015
Halfway to the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, we analyse if the EU is doing enough to protect the environment over the next five years.

What's next for the EU2020 strategy to...

Mon, 12/10/2015
With only five years to go, here's what the EU and Member States need to do to prevent the further loss of species and ecosystems.

How Belgium is using the internet to find and get...

Fri, 02/10/2015
A great example of combining citizen science with on-the-ground action.

Will the EU’s new invasive species regulation...

Mon, 28/09/2015
Invasive alien species cause not only bird extinctions, but also economic damage. However, the new regulation may not be up to scratch.