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Crunch time for the Brexit negotiations – Nature...

Mon, 12/10/2020
With the pandemic using up most of the oxygen in our national and European debates, Brexit still remains as a topic that we should focus on as negotiations enter their final stretch, ostensibly by next week, and at the latest by the end of the year.

Press release: Over 100 000 citizens demand the...

Mon, 28/09/2020
Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition.

There is no place for racism in birding

Thu, 04/06/2020
In response to the incident in New York involving birder Christian Cooper, and ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations in USA and worldwide – as well as in encouragement of the first #BlackBirdersWeek – BirdLife staff based in the UK, Senegal & Kenya voice their reflections and advice as birders.
The Marine Protected Area covers important Grey-headed Albatross colonies © John Dickens

New research shows sustainable fishing and...

Wed, 15/04/2020
In the sub-Antarctic, intrepid expeditions and satellite tracking data have allowed us to pinpoint important feeding and breeding zones for seabirds and seals. This valuable information helps planners to minimise the overlap between fisheries and wildlife.
Over five years, satellite trackers were fitted to over 100 Hen Harriers © RSPB

Tracking technology confirms controversial cause...

Thu, 05/03/2020
Using tracking technology, the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) has exposed the controversial reason behind the disappearance of Britain’s Hen Harriers. In a country renowned for its love of birds, how can we protect the nation’s most persecuted raptor?
Albatross researcher on Bird Island

Living with albatrosses: Bird Island human stars...

Wed, 18/12/2019
If you have been following along with #AlbatrossStories and watching the nest cams of Greta, you will have seen the extreme changeability of sub-Antarctic weather. We spoke with Alex Dodds, of British Antarctic Survey, living and working on Bird Island, to get her story about living with albatross.
Material from worn out t-shirts is recovered and turned into new products © Teemill

The clothing cycle: how our sustainable clothing...

Thu, 07/11/2019
Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced, while a truck full of clothing is burned or buried in a landfill every second. Teemill, who produce BirdLife’s official clothing range, are leading the charge against wasteful ‘fast fashion’ with their innovative circular fashion business model. Co-founder Mart Drake-Knight explains how.
© Unsplash

Novel study identifies key foraging areas of...

Thu, 17/10/2019
Our Marine science team came up with an innovative way of explaining the concept of marine Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas to BirdLife staff - by fitting them with GPS trackers on their lunch break.
Bird puns were the order of the day for BirdLife and the RSPB © Rachel Gartner

Photo essay: speaking out for birds at the Global...

Mon, 23/09/2019
Climate change is already beginning to profoundly impact bird populations across the world. Find out which birds we fought for at this week’s Global Climate Strike, and why it’s so important to speak out for nature and people.

Catching fish, not seabirds

Tue, 13/08/2019
New EU law that gives seabirds a fighting chance against bycatch
Without this intervention, the Tristan Albatross could soon go extinct © J Cleeland

Ambitious plan to remove "mega-mice" to...

Mon, 22/10/2018
Giant invasive “mega-mice” on Gough Island are set to be eradicated in one of the most ambitious projects of its kind, which will save two million seabird eggs and chicks a year from being eaten in the nest.
Tern terraces on Coquet Island © Paul Morrison

Road to recovery for the Roseate Tern

Tue, 11/09/2018
Neighbouring BirdLife partners, RSPB (UK) and BirdWatch Ireland, have joined forces to put Europe’s rarest breeding seabird, the roseate tern, on the road to recovery.

The voice of the Turtle Dove

Mon, 30/07/2018
Jamie Wyver from RSPB explains why bird-friendly farmers are the key to making sure that the voice of the Turtle Dove is heard over the United Kingdom

BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita Speaks to...

Fri, 27/07/2018
In the opening episode of the Conservation Careers Podcast, Nick Askew speaks with our CEO Patricia Zurita. Patricia shares her career story so far, and how she got from her childhood in Ecuador to be the only female leader of a big international conservation charity.
The Grey-headed Albatross is Endangered and declining by 5% a year on South Georgia © Stephanie Winnard

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed...

Thu, 12/07/2018
Way too many youngsters were going missing after fledging. With no knowledge of where they fly to, it was much harder to halt their decline. Now, nine satellite-tagged juveniles have successfully left the nest. We can watch their journey – and so can you.
© Melpo Apostolidou, BirdLife Cyprus

7 crafts to get kids into birding: from easy to...

Thu, 28/06/2018
We’ve selected crafts from across the world that will delight children and benefit birds. From ten-minute fruit kebabs to a summer spent birdhouse building, we’ve got projects for every age and timespan: all you need to do is pick your skill level.

Brexit and the future of food and farming

Thu, 31/05/2018
On the eve of the publication of the European Commission’s hotly anticipated – and debated – proposal on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2020, Harriet Bradley looks across the Channel and assesses what impact Brexit may hold for the future of food and farming.

The Natura 2000 Awards 2018

Tue, 01/05/2018
Awards season in Europe is about to start! And nature lovers are eagerly awaiting for the ‘green carpet’ event of the year – the European Union’s annual ‘Natura 2000 Awards 2018’ on 17 May.