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Fritz Hirt was awarded honorary BirdLife membership by HIH Princess Takamado of Japan

In memory of Fritz Hirt: a leading figure in the formation of BirdLife

Mon, 02/08/2021
On 17 July 2021 BirdLife International lost its honorary member Fritz Hirt, one of the leading Swiss conservationists, a few days after his 76th birthday. Fritz Hirt was an integral part of the formation of BirdLife International, which would not exist in its current form without his visionary leadership.

Countdown 2030: as the planetary crisis bites, why it pays to invest in nature for the climate

Fri, 30/07/2021
While the challenge can feel enormous, it is worth remembering that everything we do now can make a difference.
European bee eater (Merops apiaster)

Are you the next winner of the Quarry Life Award?

Thu, 22/07/2021
HeidelbergCement has just launched the 5th edition of the Quarry Life Award.
Ohrid Lake from Macedonia - © Oliver Avramovski, PONT

New joint call for small grants in the Wider Prespa-Ohrid Area

Thu, 15/07/2021
On behalf of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a second joint Call for Proposals for Small Grants for Environmental Civil Society Organizations in Albania and North Macedonia.
A Common Crane and its chicks, Gru and Dru, in the valley of the Black Brook

Cuteness alert: first Crane chicks are born in Belgium!

Wed, 14/07/2021
Have you heard of Gru and Dru? They’re two nine-week old Common Crane chicks. They’re eating roots, hanging around the nest, and beginning to fly short distances; like other chicks of their age. But they are not just any cranes: they might be the first Common Cranes ever to be born in Belgium.
Biomass power plant in Gardanne, France

Press release: EU Commission labels burning trees for energy ‘sustainable’ - 97% of European forests could be at risk of destruction

Wed, 14/07/2021
“Fit for 55" package takes two steps forward, and 100 steps back with revised Renewable Energy Directive proposal
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Restoring nature, restoring joy

Tue, 13/07/2021
Restoring nature is a marvellous thing. It’s great for wildlife, of course, but it’s also highly beneficial to human beings. My name is Felipe Gonzalez Sanchez, and I would like to tell you about a restoration project I worked on called Eco Astillero XXI.