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News Seabirds

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: 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.

Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas...

Wed, 29/06/2016
Eight new locations will help protect endangered and declining seabirds in the country.

Will 2016 see the end of the EU’s bycatch blues?

Tue, 09/02/2016
Policy reform and new funding were marred by weak fisheries management plans, but we’re still optimistic. Here’s why.

Survey confirms Chinese Crested Terns in Indonesia

Tue, 09/02/2016
A survey team led by Burung Indonesia (BirdLife in Indonesia) and BirdLife’s Asia Division has confirmed a wintering site of the globally threatened Chinese Crested Tern in eastern Indonesia.

From reducing bycatch to protection beyond...

Mon, 11/01/2016
More protected areas and management plans are needed to save seabirds.

Sea Alert 2015: The marine crisis continues

Tue, 15/12/2015
From overfishing to bycatch, invasive predators to pollution, seabirds are still under threat.

No deal to protect the seas, EU wrangles over...

Tue, 15/12/2015
What we took from the sea this year: a look back at Europe's fishy marine dealings in 2015.

BirdLife in Portugal publishes atlas of national...

Tue, 17/11/2015
The book and its interactive online version feature 65 marine species, with detailed factsheets, maps and photos.

The dark side of 'Star Wars'

Mon, 12/10/2015
Skellig Michael, a remote, rocky island off the Irish coast, is home to thousands of seabirds. What happens when it catches the attention of arguably the most famous film franchise in history?

New protected areas announced for seabirds in...

Thu, 08/10/2015
The designation of two new Special Protection Areas in Portugal has been approved by the country’s government, according to BirdLife’s Portuguese Partner SPEA.

Seabirds and fishing gear - a conundrum

Mon, 06/07/2015
Seabirds can’t help but pursue fishing boats, with their bait and the promise of a tasty and easily caught meal. But they often get too close, accidentally getting hooked or entangled in fishing gear, and then helplessly drown.

Why protected areas matter

Mon, 06/07/2015
An off limit beach isn’t there to offend it’s a special place that has been set aside for the conservation of some animal, plant, or habitat.

Keeping an eye on Balearic Shearwater

Sat, 04/07/2015
We need to keep a more careful eye on the ‘Critically Endangered’ Balearic Shearwater or else we might notice too late that it’s gone forever…

Exotic plants, invasive rats, and fishnets

Fri, 03/07/2015
Invasive rats and cats eating seabird eggs and chicks, accidental entanglement in fish gear, exotic plants changing island ecology…just some of the things SPEA (BirdLife Portugal) has been battling to try and save seabirds.

Troubled waters for our seabirds

Fri, 26/06/2015
Seabirds across Europe are in trouble and lines on maps will not bring them back alone. But effective management of protected areas can give them a fighting chance to claw, peck and soar their way back up the slippery slope…away from extinction.

Natura 2000, a haven for seabirds in simmering...

Fri, 26/06/2015
Our seas are becoming warmer and acidified, extreme weather events are whipping them into a turbulent frenzy. European seabirds are in trouble, but Natura 2000 may offer a much needed haven to help them cope with this onslaught.

Future oil production sites threaten seabirds off...

Wed, 01/04/2015
The Alcyon project of BirdLife International, funded by the MAVA Foundation, supports the monitoring of colonial breeding species in West Africa in order to identify marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and thus to improve protection of the region’s seabirds. BirdLife is collaborating with Veda Consultancy and other partners to conduct research into Royal Tern in this area