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European Storm-petrels regularly travel more than 200 kilometres to find food © Peter Steward

Paperclip-sized tracker reveals intrepid journey...

Thu, 26/11/2020
Mark Bolton, Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), explains how a satellite tag the size of a paperclip gave us important new insights into the life of the small but tough European Storm-petrel, and how these discoveries can help us protect it.
The red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) nests all year round in Cabo Verde © Projeto Sal Biodiversidade

How Cabo Verde is becoming a safe haven for...

Wed, 04/11/2020
A new network for seabird research and conservation in Cabo Verde is already making an impact on bird species and the local communities that live alongside them
The Marine Protected Area covers important Grey-headed Albatross colonies © John Dickens

New research shows sustainable fishing and...

Wed, 15/04/2020
In the sub-Antarctic, intrepid expeditions and satellite tracking data have allowed us to pinpoint important feeding and breeding zones for seabirds and seals. This valuable information helps planners to minimise the overlap between fisheries and wildlife.

Will COVID-19 fuel the destruction of our oceans?

Fri, 10/04/2020
European fishers and aquaculture farmers who continue to work, like many others who p
Wandering albatross on South Georgia

Living with albatross: Bird Island human stars –...

Mon, 30/03/2020
We continue our conversation with Alex Dodds, one of British Antarctic Survey’s albatross field assistants based on the frontline of albatross conservation, Bird Island in South Georgia. You can read part one here, where Alex explained what it was like sharing your neighbourhood with albatrosses, penguins and seals!
The "looming-eyes buoy" is currently being trialled in Estonia © Andres Kalamees

This bizarre floating gadget could save seabirds...

Thu, 26/03/2020
Many seabirds meet their end accidentally tangled in fishing nets. In a brand new approach to this problem, our Partners are studying the way seabirds detect predators, in a bid to use the same techniques to keep them away from netting.
El Haouaria, Tunisia © Mehdi Ben Gharbia/ Flickr

Call for Proposals in Tunisia: making private...

Fri, 21/02/2020
On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new small grant Call for Letters of Inquiry for projects focused on the future Marine Protected Area of Zembra and Zembretta
Fish Tales - Episode 2: Şevket from Turkey
Juvenile Wandering Albatross wearing tracking device on Bird Island, South Georgia © Alex Dodds

New study: are teen seabirds safe?

Wed, 05/02/2020
Seabirds have an exploratory adolescent phase, often looking for food in ocean areas quite different to breeding adults. A new collaborative BirdLife study warns that current seabird protection measures should not neglect such crucial stages of seabird development.
Aves Argentinas staff demonstrate bird-safe measures to fishermen © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force in the Americas: working...

Wed, 29/01/2020
BirdLife's Albatross Task Force works with fishing crews on board their ships to introduce seabird-saving measures in focal countries. Here's an update of the programme's successes in the Americas.

EU Green Deal - good for climate, bad for...

Wed, 11/12/2019
Today, the European Commission announced their highly anticipated European Green Deal. The first of its kind in EU history, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised to deliver the Green deal in her first 100 days in office.

Fish Tales - Episode 1: Thomas from Cyprus

Tue, 05/11/2019
«My name is Thomas. I live in Cyprus. I am 63 years old, and I have been a fisherman for 36 years.» Being a fisher. Caring for nature.
Black-browed Albatrosses out at sea © Unsplash

The High Seas Treaty: taking marine conservation...

Thu, 24/10/2019
How do we agree on conservation laws in areas outside national jurisdiction? Carolina Hazin, our Global Marine Policy Coordinator, recently spoke up for marine life at a global meeting that will decide the future of conservation in international waters. Here, she recalls the experience, and explains what needs to happen next.

Shy by name, not by nature: Shy Albatross...

Tue, 22/10/2019
For centuries, this albatross's slow and measured approach to breeding worked just fine. But now, facing new human threats, will this become the 16th out of all 22 albatross species to be listed as globally threatened?

Tracking down threats

Wed, 14/08/2019
How tracking technology is improving our understanding of threats to seabirds

Obituary: Celso Rocha de Oliveira 1958-2019

Wed, 29/05/2019
A strong promoter of Hookpod trials and member of the Albatross Task Force in Brazil has passed away.