Migratory Birds & Flyways Projects

The arid zones of the Sahel Photo: Danae Sheehan
Living on the Edge: improving migratory bird habitats and livelihoods in the Sahel Project 19 September 2013
Around the world, many migratory bird species are sharply declining in numbers, and these declines are indicative of the threats facing the wider environment.
Migratory Soaring Birds Project 10 June 2013
The Red Sea/Rift valley hosts the migration of over 2 million birds through the region, with Soaring Birds in huge flocks numbering tens of thousands migrating from wintering grounds in Africa to breeding grounds in Europe and Central Asia and vice versa along the second biggest Flyway in the world.
Far Eastern Curlew (Endangered) resting on a floating roost © D. R. Weller Photography
South Korea’s artificial floating roosts: a lifeline for migratory shorebirds News 15 October 2019
Sea-level rise is keeping exhausted migratory shorebirds flying round and round like aeroplanes in holding patterns, with nowhere to land and rest. The solution: artificial roosts fashioned from oyster bags…
Cerulean Warbler © Ray Hennessy / Shutterstock
A glimmer of hope for the Cerulean Warbler? News 10 October 2019
A globally threatened bird with habitats shrinking at both ends of its migration route, the Cerulean Warbler’s population plummeted by 70% in 44 years. Now, its decline is slowing down – but why? We have a few theories…
Eurasian Golden Oriole © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH / Shutterstock
The Killing Crisis News 26 September 2019
BirdLife's research has revealed that an estimated 25 million birds are illegally killed or taken each year across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caucasus. Here, we delve deeper into the shocking discoveries that galvanised our Flight for Survival campaign.
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.
The Rufous-headed Robin is one of the most narrowly-distributed birds in Asia © Summer Wong
News flash: Rufous-headed Robin spotted for first time since 2016 News 4 April 2019
This secretive Endangered songbird has been spotted for the first time in three years, in the cloud forests of Malaysia – a completely new habitat for this species. Could this be its formerly unknown wintering grounds?
Whether a Common Quail migrates or not is determined by its genes © BirdLife Europe
This shy bird can escape a birdwatcher’s eye, but not illegal trappers' nets News 21 March 2019
Despite its attempts to live a secretive life, the migration route of the endearingly rotund Common Quail leaves it subject to illegal trapping. Action is needed - with your help we can halt their decline and protect many other bird species at the same time.
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.
Large, flat planes of glass are especially dangerous to birds © John McHugh / Flickr
How can we REALLY prevent birds from flying into our windows? News 11 March 2019
Why do birds collide with windows, and how can we help? We explore the science behind bird collisions and dispel some common myths about how to prevent them, shining a spotlight on exciting projects across the world that are making a real difference. And you can join in!