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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...

Wed, 05/05/2021
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.
Near-invisible "mist nets" are often used to trap birds like this Common Kingfisher on migration © BCST

New study: at least 180 migratory land bird...

Mon, 19/04/2021
The latest research sheds new light on the plight of land birds that migrate across Asia, revealing that at least 180 species are being trapped for food, the caged bird trade and other uses – often illegally. This, together with hunting and habitat destruction, is driving widespread declines.
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?
Common Quail caught in a 'mist net' © Watter AlBahry

Scale of illegal bird killing in the Middle East...

Tue, 27/08/2019
A study out today, for the first time, estimates the scale and extent of the illegal killing and taking of wild birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran. Using a diverse range of data sources and incorporating expert knowledge, we estimate that at least 1.7–4.6 million birds of at least 413 species may be killed or taken illegally each year in this region, many of them on migration. Worryingly, this is likely to be an underestimate as data were unavailable for parts of the region.

Data on Maltese bird trapping kept under wraps

Mon, 29/01/2018

BirdLife Malta was refused access to data about more than 8,000 sites where tra

Ortolan Bunting © Pierre Dalous

In France, the Ortolan Bunting may soon be off...

Fri, 22/09/2017
The French Ministry of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, fattened and drowned in brandy. It's a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980.

Migration: A long-distance love story

Tue, 09/05/2017
For 15 years, a lovestruck stork has faithfully returned from South Africa to his disabled amore in Croatia - but the trip is dangerous and one year he may not return.

Cyprus songbird slaughter: UK Government responds...

Wed, 03/05/2017
Over 800,000 birds were killed on the UK's military bases in Cyprus last Autumn. With efforts to stem the slaughter floundering, the MoD has responded to an online petition