Migratory Birds & Flyways News

The Wadden Sea in north-west Europe is one of the world's most important hubs for migrating birds © travelpeter / Shutterstock
11 spectacular bird migration bottlenecks from around the world News 5 May 2021
Migratory birds' epic journeys often take place on broad fronts, but birds also concentrate at bottlenecks where geographical features funnel them together. This selection of hotspots underscores the importance of conservation action in the way birds see the world: through flyways.
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Fly-A-Way: the bird migration board game with an important message News 30 April 2021
You’re a bird leaving on migration: will you perish en route or reach your breeding grounds safely? It sounds like a game of chance, but conservation can make a real difference to the outcome. This is the message of Fly-A-Way, an exciting new board game developed with BirdLife…
Gábor Deák with Falco, the anti-poisoning sniffer dog © Szilard Morvai  / BirdLife Hungary
Despatches from the bird migration battlefront News 28 April 2021
With millions of birds illegally killed each year, working to protect them can seem like an overwhelming battle. That’s when inspirational, heart-warming success stories are needed. We hear first-hand accounts from conservation’s ‘frontline’ in Malta, Hungary and Lebanon.
Aggregations of birds soaring upwards on thermals are known as "kettles" © Christian Gelpke
Discover the fascinating science behind bird migration bottlenecks News 26 April 2021
One of the wonders of the natural world, migration “bottlenecks” occur where vast clouds of large soaring birds – especially raptors – concentrate at narrow land passages. Get a bird’s eye view on the science behind the world’s largest bird migration congregations.
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?
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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.