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Symbols of love and fidelity brought down by...

Mon, 15/04/2019
The European Turtle-dove’s population is dropping fast, in large part due to illegal killing. But our partners are working to reverse that trend.

Anti-poaching camps give honey-buzzard sweet...

Mon, 08/04/2019
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 Eastern Imperial Eagle is classed as Vulnerable on the Red List of threatened species © BirdLife Europe

A mighty predator made helpless at the hands of...

Fri, 05/04/2019
The eagle is a long-standing symbol of strength and glory, but though triumphant within the animal kingdom, the predator becomes the prey when the Eastern Imperial Eagle is confronted with human persecution. Can we restore one of Europe’s rarest raptors?
Whether a Common Quail migrates or not is determined by its genes © BirdLife Europe

This shy bird can escape a birdwatcher’s eye, but...

Thu, 21/03/2019
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...

Tue, 19/03/2019
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?
The Egyptian Vulture was once nicknamed the "Pharaoh's Chicken" © BirdLife Europe

World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost...

Thu, 28/02/2019
Hailed for its intelligence and majesty, the Egyptian Vulture was admired and worshipped throughout history. But decimated by poisoning, electrocution and illegal trophy hunting, the bird that was once an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is now Endangered. Can we save it before it’s too late?
The White Stork nests rooftops and has become an iconic part of human life © BirdLife Europe

Bird that solved migration mystery now illegally...

Tue, 26/02/2019
The White Stork, known in folklore as the bringer of babies to new parents, played a fascinating role in the discovery of bird migration. But now its migration is plagued by illegal killing. BirdLife Partners along its route are working hard to prevent this – and you can help.

Shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in...

Mon, 12/11/2018
Our Slovenian partner DOPPS reports on the alarming discovery of a huge shipment of illegally killed birds discovered in Slovenia en route to Italy last month. Significant numbers of Red-thorated pipit, White wagtail and Meadow pipit were found amongst a haul of over a thousand individuals birds.

Cyprus presents a bird guide for young explorers

Tue, 09/01/2018
BirdLife Cyprus’s latest publication ‘What’s that bird?’ is a bird guide for young explorers. Elena Markitani explains why it’s especially important in Cyprus to introduce children to the wonders of the natural world while they are young.

BirdLife presents 'The Killing 2.0'

Tue, 24/10/2017
Today in Manila, at CMS COP 12, the BirdLife Partnership presented its latest publication on the illegal killing of birds in Europe – ‘The Killing 2.0 – A View to a Kill’. Read the introduction by BirdLife International’s CEO Patricia Zurita right here.

“Stop the Killing”: Lebanese President speaks out...

Wed, 05/04/2017
Lebanon's President Aoun has made a heartfelt pledge to prevent the annual slaughter of the thousands of migratory birds who fly over the country twice a year.

Help us tackle illegal killing of migratory birds...

Wed, 01/03/2017
Large numbers of migratory birds are killed illegally every year and face major threats such as electrocution, poisoning and collision with powerlines.

Ending illegal killing and trapping of 5.7...

Thu, 10/03/2016
BirdLife is working with the national government to stop this. Here’s how.

Shifting into higher gear against illegal bird...

Mon, 11/01/2016
How BirdLife is using a 'race' (among other things) to stop the illicit slaughter of millions of birds in the Mediterranean.

Tackling illegal trapping in Cyprus

Tue, 23/12/2014
"I wouldn't want to be a bird because it is so difficult," said a young girl in a school in Cyprus after learning about the migration of a Blackcap. Read about how on a little island besieged by trappers, BirdLife Cyprus are tackling the chronic illegal bird killing problem head on, with the support of our regional project and Partnership.

White Storks hunted down

Fri, 20/05/2011
A flock of 200 White Storks in Malta were shot at from several different locations, in spite of BirdLife Malta's efforts.