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El Rincon Stream Frog © H. Povedano

Announcing 2020's Conservation Leadership...

Thu, 04/06/2020
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Conservation Leadership Programme Team Awards. This year's award-winning projects will help make great strides towards saving a wide diversity of threatened species across the world.
Collared Brown Lemur © Belinda Bertrand / Flickr

New research station protects Madagascar forest...

Tue, 26/05/2020
Geographical isolation and rugged terrain have given rise to astounding wildlife within Madagascar’s Tsitongambarika Forest, but have also made it difficult to reach and protect – until recently. Introducing Ampasy Research Station: a hub for community support and enabling forest conservation from the inside out.
Since 2017, communities have planted 650,000 trees to restore the forest © Nature Kenya

Giving power to the people to protect iconic...

Fri, 15/05/2020
Not only is Mount Kenya Forest one of the most iconic landscapes in Africa, it is also a crucial source of clean water for the country. Find out how Nature Kenya is empowering local citizens to form powerful partnerships that can protect and restore the forest for decades to come.
Participants take part in WWD celebrations in Uganda, organized by Nature Uganda  © Jonathan Onongo

A look back at BirdLife Africa's World...

Wed, 08/04/2020
On 3 March every year, people across the world gather to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild flora and fauna. From films and exhibitions to nature walks and face paining, here's a look back at the diverse ways the BirdLife Partnership marked the day across Africa.
The Obô snail's shell alone can reach a whopping 13.5 centimetres © Vasco Pissarra

Protecting the forest giants

Wed, 01/04/2020
On the remote African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, conservationists are using education and storytelling to protect a unique snail and the forest it lives in – before it gets forgotten forever.
Founders Jim & Jean Thomas won the Future for Nature Award © Tenkile Conservation Alliance

Why people and forests need tree kangaroos

Fri, 20/03/2020
What started out as a mission to save tree kangaroos has transformed the lives of over 13,000 people and boosted the conservation of some of Papua New Guinea’s most biodiverse and globally important rainforests.
Eurasian Spoonbill © Ondrej Prosicky / Shutterstock

Why it’s important to love birds for more than...

Tue, 17/03/2020
We all know what our favourite bird looks like – but do you know why it’s evolved to look that way? Discover the amazing new project striving to build a stronger connection between people and nature – through the fascination of bird anatomy.
Birdwatchers' sightings were found to be an accurate way to measure bird populations © Nicolas Mirguet / Flickr

15,000 birdwatchers contribute to first major...

Wed, 19/02/2020
The first ever full report on the state of India’s birds was released this week, made using data collected from over 15,000 birdwatchers across the country. Increases in Indian Peafowl and declines in raptors are among the major findings.
Staying hidden is a great way to see birds without frightening them © Cezary Korkosz

Our top 10 tips on how to be a good birdwatcher

Mon, 10/02/2020
You’ve heard how much fun birdwatching can be, and you’re raring to get out there and start right away. But before you rush out of the door, wait! There are some important things you should know first. These tips will help you have a great time, stay safe, and be kind to birds.
Mar Chiquita is set to become a paradise for birders, as well as birds © Aves Argentinas

How to create Argentina’s largest national park:...

Fri, 31/01/2020
Two years ago Mar Chiquita, one of the world’s largest wetlands, was given support to become a National Park. We caught up with our Partner Aves Argentinas, who have been hard at work training local communities in ecotourism and inspiring citizens to become Guardians of Nature.
93% of the Black-breasted Puffleg's habitat has been altered or degraded © Murray Cooper

Growing flowers to save a Critically Endangered...

Mon, 27/01/2020
In Ecuador’s high Andean forests, the Black-breasted Puffleg is running out of habitat. A forest restoration programme offers hope, working with local people to plant the species’ favourite flowers.
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Children’s education programme finds inventive...

Thu, 19/12/2019
Anyone who’s ever doubted the point of children’s nature education only has to look at Spring Alive. This year, we haven’t just helped to run fun activities – we’ve helped our community to restore habitats and share innovative new ideas to make the world safer for nature and people.
Indian Skimmers © Dhairya Jhaveri

Meet the river guardians watching over Indian...

Tue, 17/12/2019
In India, an innovative community conservation experiment is helping to safeguard the globally threatened Indian Skimmer’s nesting colonies from free-ranging dogs and trampling cattle.
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New nature education resource for visually...

Fri, 13/12/2019
Following in the footsteps of our children's education programme Spring Alive, BirdLife Partners across Europe are uniting to launch a new EU-funded environmental educational project, "Seeing the World through Nature", to benefit blind and visually impaired school pupils.
Just 7% of the original Atlantic forest remains. Pictured: San Rafael © Mily Corleone

How a shade-grown traditional tea is protecting...

Fri, 01/11/2019
In San Rafael National Park, conservationists and local people are transforming a ‘paper park’ into community-owned forest surrounded by shade-grown yerba mate agroforestry. This new business venture is set to become self-sustaining, ensuring a bright future for forest and people alike.
Women take part in an organic farming project near Dakatcha Woodland, Kenya © Thomas Lehmberg / DOF

5 ways to include more women in your conservation...

Thu, 03/10/2019
Conservation projects can’t work unless everyone in the local community is involved. But at the moment, many women are being left out. Our CEPF project in East Africa shares some simple steps on how to welcome women into the conversation.

How can eating chocolate protect birds?

Thu, 22/08/2019
A driver of deforestation, chocolate may be even more of a guilty pleasure than you thought. But in Indonesia, one cocoa collective is protecting forests while lifting local people out of poverty.
White-rumped Vulture © Vickey Chauhan / Shutterstock

Local people protect Nepal lake by welcoming...

Tue, 06/08/2019
How are the Tharu community helping to protect their lake and the rare birds that live there? Why not visit them and find out! Thanks to an innovative homestay programme, wildlife lovers the world over are flocking to the area, helping wildlife and people as they do.