News Seabirds

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.
A courtship display between Tristan Albatrosses (Critically Endangered) © Andy Schofield

World’s remotest islands become one of largest...

Fri, 13/11/2020
Today, UK overseas territory Tristan da Cunha – a remote island chain in the South Atlantic – has been declared a Marine Protection Zone, safeguarding habitat for millions of seabirds, fish and mammals.
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
Tristan Albatrosses performing their courtship dance © Nick Holmes / RSPB

Why we’re celebrating the first ever World...

Fri, 19/06/2020
Today, BirdLife is delighted to be part of the first ever World Albatross Day. But why is it so important that we raise awareness of this group of birds? Find out what makes them special, the threats they face, and how you can help.
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.

Portugal’s Berlenga Island welcomes newest...

Tue, 19/03/2019
Our Portuguese partner SPEA is delighted to announce that a Band-rumped storm petrel chick has hatched on Berlenga Island. Sonia Neves explains why the island’s newest – and cutest – inhabitant represents a hard-won victory for seabird conservation.
Little Spiderhunter © noicherrybeans / Shutterstock

Why we need birds (far more than they need us)

Fri, 04/01/2019
Can you imagine a world without birds? The benefits birds bring us aren't just cultural. Birds play an essential role in the functioning of the world's ecosystems, in a way that directly impacts human health, economy and food production - as well as millions of other species. Here's how...
The Grey-headed Albatross is Endangered and declining by 5% a year on South Georgia © Stephanie Winnard

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed...

Thu, 12/07/2018
Way too many youngsters were going missing after fledging. With no knowledge of where they fly to, it was much harder to halt their decline. Now, nine satellite-tagged juveniles have successfully left the nest. We can watch their journey – and so can you.

The Seabird Bulletin

Fri, 11/08/2017
We’re proud to present ‘The ‘Seabird’ Bulletin’ – a special summer edition of our regular news brief,

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 11

Fri, 16/06/2017
Today, in the 'Bird Bulletin', we voyage across the Atlantic, wander the olive pastures of Anatolia & follow a cuckoo chick tmaking mischief in a Reedwarbler's nest!

Dire Straits - is Europe protecting its seabirds?

Wed, 07/06/2017
A new scientific paper, spearheaded by our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Marine Policy’.

Every penguin, ranked: which species are we most...

Mon, 24/04/2017
10 of the world’s 18 species of penguin are threatened with extinction. Discover where they live, and the threats they face, in this illustrated list of the world’s species
Brown Booby © Gillian Holliday

Protecting the majestic seabirds of West Africa

Thu, 26/01/2017
Alcyon is a fabulous seabird, with plaintive song, considered a good omen by Greeks and poets because according to legend it only builds its nest on a calm sea.

Permission to come aboard Captain!

Tue, 13/12/2016
Bruna Campos & Marguerite Tarzia – Policy Officer and Conservation Officer in the BirdLife ECA Marine team – wish seabirds a safe flight over the perilous oceans.

How simple striped sheets could save seabirds

Fri, 30/09/2016
Low-cost synthetic sheets, affixed to fishing nets, could help to warn diving seabirds away from the fine nylon mesh that claims hundreds of thousands of their lives annually

Human use of the sea from here to 2020

Tue, 06/09/2016

European seas have, over the years, been tragically misused by humans.

Cory's shearwater nest: livestream from the...

Mon, 25/07/2016
Since last week, it is possible to follow the daily activities of a Cory's shearwater family live on the internet.

Malta’s commitment to protect marine life

Wed, 13/07/2016
Discover threatened seabirds and the LIFE projects that protect them on this tiny Mediterranean island nation.