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The Tristan Albatross flies vast distances in search of food, putting it at risk from international fishing fleets © Oli Yates

Tristan Albatross falling through gaps in...

Tue, 22/06/2021
With a new protected area and a campaign to remove invasive mice, there have been many recent advances in the conservation of this Critically Endangered albatross. But our work isn’t over yet. Discover the measures in place to safeguard the species – and the gaps that still need to be filled.

Common Fisheries Policy: Mission not yet...

Fri, 18/06/2021

Seven years after the last reform of the Common Fisheries

Thunderbird, la star de notre histoire, est une tortue caouanne © Miquel Gomila

La triste histoire de la tortue de mer dénommée,...

Wed, 16/06/2021
Le voyage épique de 6 000 km, de l'Espagne au Sénégal, d'une tortue caouanne révèle certaines des principales menaces qui pèsent sur les tortues de mer. Six des sept tortues de mer sont classées comme vulnérables, en danger ou en danger critique d'extinction sur la liste rouge de l'UICN.

EU Seabird Bycatch Action Plan – Good intentions...

Thu, 10/06/2021

Bycatch is one of the most significant threats to seabirds globally.

A pair of Cape Verde Petrels on in Fogo Island, Cabo Verde © Jacob Gonzalez Solis

Get into a Cape Verde Petrel’s nest!

Wed, 28/04/2021
Watch live as a fluffy little Cape Verde Petrel chick grows up and lives in the safety of its nest until it flies away.
The Antipodean Albatross travels thousands of miles in search of food © Stephanie Borrelle

New tracking data pinpoints danger zones for...

Tue, 13/04/2021
Without action, the Antipodean Albatross could go extinct within our lifetimes. To prevent this tragedy, researchers satellite-tracked 63 albatrosses to discover where they encounter the highest accidental ‘bycatch’ in tuna fishing fleets. Find out how we’re working to make these danger zones safe.
The Waved Albatross' impressive wingspan helps is roam thousands of miles © Mike's Birds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of time beyond national...

Wed, 03/03/2021
Scientists have found that albatrosses and large petrels spend 39% of their time on the high seas – areas of ocean where no single country has jurisdiction. How can we make sure these vital habitats don’t fall through the cracks?
Researchers used drone technology, satellite imagery and good, old-fashioned counting © Christian Aslund

How a new network of Marine Protected Areas would...

Mon, 18/01/2021
Since explorers first set eyes on Antarctica over 200 years ago, human activity has been impacting its wildlife. A new study led by BirdLife pinpoints some of the most important sites for penguins in Antarctic waters, adding weight behind the proposal to instate a network of Marine Protected Areas.
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Endangered) in courtship display © Ben Dilley

Namibian fishery reduces seabird deaths by 98%

Thu, 07/01/2021
After over a decade of work with the country’s fishing industry, the Albatross Task Force in Namibia are celebrating a major conservation success. A new paper shows that seabird deaths in the Namibian demersal longline fishery have been reduced by 98%, which equates to 22,000 birds saved every year.
European Storm-petrels regularly travel more than 200 kilometres to find food © Peter Steward

Paperclip-sized tracker reveals intrepid journey...

Thu, 26/11/2020
Mark Bolton, Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), explains how a satellite tag the size of a paperclip gave us important new insights into the life of the small but tough European Storm-petrel, and how these discoveries can help us protect it.
The red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) nests all year round in Cabo Verde © Projeto Sal Biodiversidade

How Cabo Verde is becoming a safe haven for...

Wed, 04/11/2020
A new network for seabird research and conservation in Cabo Verde is already making an impact on bird species and the local communities that live alongside them
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.

Will COVID-19 fuel the destruction of our oceans?

Fri, 10/04/2020
European fishers and aquaculture farmers who continue to work, like many others who p
Wandering albatross on South Georgia

Living with albatross: Bird Island human stars –...

Mon, 30/03/2020
We continue our conversation with Alex Dodds, one of British Antarctic Survey’s albatross field assistants based on the frontline of albatross conservation, Bird Island in South Georgia. You can read part one here, where Alex explained what it was like sharing your neighbourhood with albatrosses, penguins and seals!