Migratory Birds & Flyways News

Spot the difference: the Steppe Whimbrel is identified by its white underwings © Callan Cohen & Gary Allport
Migration route of secretive Steppe Whimbrel discovered News 29 April 2019
The Steppe Whimbrel is the rarest and least understood member of the highly threatened Numeniini tribe (curlews and godwits). But considering they were believed to be extinct 25 years ago, it’s unsurprising that we know so little about them. A newly published report is beginning to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
Anti-poaching camps give honey-buzzard sweet taste of success News 8 April 2019
The European Honey-buzzard is fearless in the face of stinging wasps and hornets - but it has no defence against illegal shooting for sport. In Italy, “anti-poaching camps” sparked an extremely successful movement which has saved thousands of honey-buzzards.
Eurasian Blackcaps are illegally lured towards traps using recordings of their song © BirdLife Europe
Netted, glued and eaten whole – can we keep this songbird free? News 19 March 2019
The Eurasian Blackcap’s beautiful song has inspired humanity for centuries. But in Cyprus today, it is silenced by industrial-level illegal trapping using invisible nets or glue sticks: all to fuel an unlawful trade in local delicacies, run by organised criminals. Could education be the solution?
© Ramsar
Obituary: Dr Lew Young, CEO of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership News 15 March 2019
The late Dr Young was a passionate conservationist whose work has greatly contributed to strengthening the conservation and management of wetlands across Asia.