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Giant Ibis © Jonathan Eames

One site. Five Critically Endangered birds. Here...

Mon, 05/08/2019
Forget Africa’s “Big Five” - where in the world can you spot five Critically Endangered birds in one place? This year, proceeds from the British Birdwatching Fair will go towards conserving Western Siem Pang, a forest sanctuary home to 70% of Cambodia’s vultures and two of the world’s rarest ibises.
All three of Cambodia's vulture species are Critically Endangered © Bou Vorsak / BirdLife Cambodia

Cambodia bans veterinary drug Diclofenac to save...

Tue, 30/07/2019
Fantastic news for Asia's Critically Endangered vultures! Following tireless advocacy from NGOs including BirdLife, the Cambodian government has banned the veterinary use of Diclofenac: a drug used as a painkiller for cattle, but deadly to vultures.

New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body...

Wed, 22/05/2019
Across Africa, vultures are being captured and their body parts traded for belief-based use such as traditional medicine. This is putting additional pressure on a group of birds already threatened with extinction. Now, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.
Lappet-faced Vultures (Endangered) were among the casualties © Andre Botha

Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid...

Mon, 04/02/2019
On Sunday morning, a wildlife ranger in Nairobi, Kenya discovered 20 dead and 5 critically ill vultures slumped around a poisoned hyena carcass. Despite these tragic casualties, a rapid response protocol set up with the help of BirdLife almost certainly saved the lives of many more.
Little Spiderhunter © noicherrybeans / Shutterstock

Why we need birds (far more than they need us)

Fri, 04/01/2019
Can you imagine a world without birds? The benefits birds bring us aren't just cultural. Birds play an essential role in the functioning of the world's ecosystems, in a way that directly impacts human health, economy and food production - as well as millions of other species. Here's how...
The White-headed Vulture can locate an animal carcass from a mile away © Andre Botha

Saving the sentinels of the skies: Kenya's...

Fri, 31/08/2018
For millennia, vultures have aided humans in their role as nature’s rapid-response clean-up crew. Now, Kenya is repaying the favour with a new rapid-response unit to combat vulture poisoning: part of an ambitious project to save Africa’s vultures.
The iconic sight of an Atlantic Puffin loading its beak with fish may soon be a thing of the past © Pixabay

7 birds you won’t believe are threatened with...

Wed, 25/04/2018
It’s a worrying trend: even birds that were once considered common and widespread are now plummeting towards extinction. Some of the species on this list will shock you.
The summit will address how best to conserve the world's migration superhighways © Shutterstock

Everything you need to know about our upcoming...

Mon, 26/03/2018
This April, some of the greatest minds of the conservation world will assemble at a global summit in Abu Dhabi, to thrash out the issues threatening our migratory birds. Below, we give a summary of the pressing topics we’ll be discussing.
The Indian Vulture is one of three vulture species reassessed in a new paper released today © Sudipto Roy

New study: India may have even fewer vultures...

Tue, 19/12/2017
India’s Critically Endangered vulture populations seemed to be stabilising, but a new study reveals that numbers may be fewer than we thought. Although vulture-killing livestock drug diclofenac has been banned, other drugs, equally fatal to vultures, have not. This is thought to be the main cause.
A captive-reared White-rumped Vulture takes its first unrestricted flight © Jyotendra Thakuri

The big moment: Nepal releases its first ever...

Mon, 20/11/2017
Watch as conservation history is made: six captive-reared Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures venture out into the wild. This comes at a time when the world is finally waking up to the plight of vultures.
White-rumped Vultures fitted with satellite transmitters wait within the pre-release aviary © Bird Conservation Nepal

Captive-reared Critically Endangered vultures...

Wed, 08/11/2017
Conservationists are making great progress in removing vulture-killing drug diclofenac from Nepal, with vulture populations stabilising as a result. Now, in this safer environment, it’s almost time for six captive-reared White-rumped Vultures to venture out into the wild.
The White-tailed Sea-eagle is one of the species most vulnerable to wind farms © www.volganet.ru

New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit...

Tue, 31/10/2017
A new study reveals which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with raptors and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, pinpointing possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind farms to share the skies.
The White-rumped Vulture is one of four critically endangered vulture species benefiting from the ban © Lip Kee

India closes the loophole threatening the...

Fri, 27/10/2017
This week, India took a crucial step towards preventing the extinction of Asia’s Critically Endangered vultures by upholding the ban on large vials of diclofenac, a painkiller fatal to vultures. The judge was on the vultures’ side throughout, preferring the term “sanitary workers” to "scavengers".
We need to talk about vultures: if effective action is not taken now, many species will go extinct in our lifetimes. Griffon Vulture © Kdsphotos / Pixabay

One big plan to save African-Eurasian vultures by...

Thu, 12/10/2017
International commitment is needed now from over 120 countries to ensure the recovery of 15 vulture species
Red-headed Vulture © Jonathan Eames

One quarter of Bangladesh is safe from recently...

Mon, 03/04/2017
After successfully banning two drugs poisonous to vultures, Bangladesh is leading the way in Asian vulture conservation, and moving towards banning a third
Griffon Vultures © Markus Varesvuo / Agami

Vultures need you

Fri, 24/03/2017
African & Eurasian Vultures are in severe trouble—most species perilously close to extinction. We're calling for contributions to a new 12-year Action Plan to save them.
Bearded Vulture © Francesco Veronesi

Saving the vultures of Saudi Arabia

Wed, 21/12/2016
An overview of the vulture species that nest in Saudi Arabia, the threats they are facing and what BirdLife is doing to help them.
Vultures poisoned near Masai Mara © E. Reson

Poisoned to extinction: a bold new approach to...

Wed, 16/11/2016
First-ever anti-poisoning training to be held in Kenya which will help stop the mass-deaths of vultures and other wildlife