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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 have united to launch a new EU-funded environmental educational project, "Seeing the World through Nature", to benefit blind and visually impaired school pupils.
Collared Sand Martin © Frank Vassen

Discover the Collared Sand Martin's unique...

Mon, 09/09/2019
Migratory birds are arriving in Africa, and now there’s a new Spring Alive species to look out for - the Collared Sand Martin. Discover its unique relationship with quarries, and find out how one particular extraction company is making sure this species is safe at their sites.
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‘Bird-safe window’ movement reaches over 5...

Wed, 03/07/2019
Colliding with glass is a big danger for birds. This year, our children’s programme Spring Alive inspired young people across Europe and Central Asia to take action to make their windows bird-safe, transforming schools, homes and reaching millions through prime time TV.
Large, flat planes of glass are especially dangerous to birds © John McHugh / Flickr

How can we REALLY prevent birds from flying into...

Mon, 11/03/2019
Why do birds collide with windows, and how can we help? We explore the science behind bird collisions and dispel some common myths about how to prevent them, shining a spotlight on exciting projects across the world that are making a real difference. And you can join in!

'Spring Alive' casts its spell with...

Fri, 30/03/2018
Spring has officially sprung and so has Spring Alive – BirdLife International’s annual campaign to introduce children across Europe, Central Asia and Africa to the joys of spring and the wonder that is nature.
This year, Spring Alive brought out their first children's story book © Spring Alive

Thinking outside the box: engaging tomorrow'...

Thu, 21/12/2017
Throughout 2017, conservationists have been visiting schools and communities across Eurasia and Africa as part of BirdLife's Spring Alive project. At the end of the year, Spring Alive reflects on some of the most exciting ways of inspiring both children and adults about migratory birds and nature.

The Bird Bulletin - Vol. 4

Fri, 21/04/2017
Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our new weekly news brief with we’ll bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia.
Louisa Kabobah (far right) standing with school children © GWS

Ghana Wildlife Society wins Action of the Year...

Wed, 08/02/2017
Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) has been announced the winner of the 2016 Action of the Year contest, for its submission - "A walk with Swallows".
Young kestrel © Anna Kogut

Resist the call of the cute

Mon, 06/02/2017
What should you do when you see a baby bird on the ground? It is hard to resist the urge to rescue. Often people intervene when in fact most chicks should be left alone.

Bite-size bird tales from Eurasia

Mon, 12/12/2016
No matter how small, some stories must be shared. Here’s a round-up of some of the best from the 2016 season of Spring Alive.

Teaching resources aim to help European pupils to...

Fri, 30/09/2016
Six European nature conservation organisations have come together with the University of Gdańsk to provide school teachers with the innovative teaching resources and training needed to develop young children’s environmental awareness.
Barn Swallow, by Vanesa Bezlaj, aged 15, from Slovenia was the winner of Spring Alive's drawing competition

Dear Africa, they’re in your hands now

Thu, 08/09/2016
Dear friends in Africa, We’ve done our best. Now they’re all in your hands. Please look after our migratory birds. Thank you, Europe.
School children in Hungary learn all about House Martins and bird migration after watching them nest with Spring Alive. Photo © Liz Dale, flickr

School's out(side) for Spring!

Thu, 30/06/2016
School children in Hungary learn all about House Martins and bird migration after watching them nest with Spring Alive
One of the most familiar and popular birds, Barn Swallows © Spring Alive

Spring Alive for Swallows this spring!

Wed, 24/02/2016
One of the most familiar and popular birds in the world is declining. Rather than being sad, let's celebrate the swallows of our neighbourhood because they give a great start for young people to care about conservation.
Zambian children in a Spring Alive event. Photo: Victor Siingwa

A little story from spring alive

Wed, 09/12/2015
Every once in a while, you come across a little story that makes you smile, makes you breathe a sigh of hope. A small act that could be easily missed, but which represents something a lot bigger. This story is one of those stories.
Spring Alive event in Cameroon. Photo: CBCS

Africa, it’s your turn – migratory birds need you!

Thu, 03/09/2015

Make your garden, balcony or school bird-friendly with Spring Alive

10 reasons to get your children out to a Spring Alive event. Photo: Kamila Nienałtowska

10 reasons for your child to celebrate spring...

Mon, 13/07/2015
It is Spring Alive’s anniversary, so we celebrate 10 big years of this amazing movement by giving 10 big reasons to celebrate the arrival of spring with migratory birds.
Swifts. Photo: Shaun Hurrell

Special first moments captured on video when...

Sat, 23/05/2015
How would you behave when reunited with a loved one after spending 9 months apart (and after spending 9 months without sitting down)?