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Threatened species can be saved but they need our help.

Between 1994 and 2004, an estimated 16 bird species would have gone extinct were it not for conservation programmes that tackled their threats, reduced rates of population decline and/or increased population sizes.

With one in eight species facing extinction, action is urgently required for many more species. At the heart of this issue lies a symbol of hope and urgency — the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, with fears we are seeing the last of this iconic shorebird.

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, affectionately referred to by the team as ‘Spoonie’, is one of the rarest shorebirds in the world. This charismatic species would already be Extinct without the intervention of passionate and dedicated individuals.

Shorebirds face illegal hunting, unsustainable fishing, and habitat destruction across their wintering sites in Asia. You can help save them by working with us and donating where you can.

Donations like yours are vital. You not only help fund the work with our Partners on the ground, training local people and forging local partnerships to protect threatened species, but also fund BirdLife’s important work saving species across continents – because birds know no borders.

Rather than being directed to a single project or country, it will help support bird and nature conservation across the world; enabling us to better strengthen, advocate for and connect our teams on the ground – independent local and national organisations – in 116 countries.

It will help make sure we’re nimble in responding to evolving environmental challenges, and able to develop our conservation science, identifying vital habitats and species in trouble, and finding the most effective methods to tackle biodiversity loss. It will also make us better able to lobby governments internationally to reform laws and keep nature safe.

Donate today

£ 5
Could pay for one day’s rations for a ranger on patrol
£ 10
Could support one day’s expenses for a team on patrol
£ 20
Could pay for the cost of important community outreach, preparing conservation and training material for one field visit
£ 50
Could pay for travel costs for a trip to vital habitat
£ 100
Could organise a day of patrol and field surveys to protect and record birds
£ 350
Could organise conservation training for local people

How BirdLife have helped

We have worked

  • to identify the most important sites for migratory species
  • with local people and the government to set up new protected areas
  • to build stronger awareness of wetlands and their biodiversity
  • strengthen enforcement to address the illegal hunting of birds at sensitive sites
  • with our Partners on the ground, like BANCA in Myanmar, who need funds to travel to rural coastal areas, such as the Gulf of Mottama, the ‘winter crown jewel’ for Spoonies. They will give training to local people, forge local partnerships, and build the strength of these groups up so that as many as possible can protect the Spoonies and this amazing habitat that they call home during the winter.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper chicks © Pavel Tomkovich.

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