Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA)
From the Azores Bullfinch to the Tagus Estuary, we work to protect birds and the unique habitats they depend on. Thanks to the support of our members, volunteers and partners, we monitor populations, restore habitats, remove invasive species, push for better laws, fight environmental crime and much, much more.
“I always feel privileged, because not everyone is lucky enough to work with these birds, in these colonies in the middle of the Atlantic.”
Tânia Pipa, SPEA staff member working with Shearwaters, Storm Petrels and other seabirds in the Azores.
When restored and maintained correctly, quarries are important sites full of biodiversity, and often home to many rare and threatened species. Through active restoration work, quarries become a mosaic of different habitats, benefiting both people and nature.
Late on Monday 16th of May the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), including an important positive step limiting subsidies to burning forests biomass and crop-based biofuels.
Of the 13,000 lmportant Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife worldwide, 277 are most severely under threat. Vital sites, such as Cambodia’s Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to globally threatened birds such as Giant Ibis and other IBA ‘trigger species’. They face the most intense pressures and need our urgent help.