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Greater Mouse-eared Bat © C. Robiller / Naturlichter.de

Important update: bats do not spread COVID-19

Thu, 09/04/2020
There have been reports from across the world of bat culling in a misplaced attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. As an advocate for the protection of all nature, BirdLife is disseminating the following scientific update in order to clarify the facts and end this ecologically damaging practice.

Behind the Scenes of Grey Headed Albatross Tracking - Filling Knowledge Gaps

Thu, 09/04/2020
“The life of the juveniles, is poorly known. Post-fledging there is no parental guidance. The naïve youngsters have to negotiate these wild waters having never flown before..." By bridging this gap in knowledge we can try to mitigate the risk of fishing by-catch, their biggest threat.
Participants take part in WWD celebrations in Uganda, organized by Nature Uganda  © Jonathan Onongo

A look back at BirdLife Africa's World Wildlife Day celebrations 2020

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.
Santa Marta Blossomcrown © Martin Mecranowski / Shutterstock

We are all connected – for worse, but also for better

Mon, 06/04/2020
The rapid spread of Coronavirus has shown us that the world is even more connected than we realised – and that our connections are also the key to facing this emergency together. Could the world’s rallying cry against current crisis be a hopeful sign of the environmental sea change to come?
50% of the world's Spoon-Billed Sandpipers (Critically Endangered) overwinter here © Yann Muzika

Myanmar shorebirds get four-fold expansion in protected wetland

Fri, 03/04/2020
One of Asia’s most important shorebird sanctuaries has just quadrupled in size thanks to years of advocacy from our Myanmar Partner. Here's how they connected insight with action to help birds on the brink and the people who live alongside them.

Albatross Stories welcomes a new star

Thu, 02/04/2020
Bird Island is the place to be! Home to four out of the world’s 22 albatross species, each with their own varied breeding cycle, but at the start of the year it is go go go for the black browed albatross. We'd like to introduce the newest member of the Albatross Stories stars.
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.
Wandering albatross on South Georgia

Living with albatross: Bird Island human stars – Part Two

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!
The "looming-eyes buoy" is currently being trialled in Estonia © Andres Kalamees

This bizarre floating gadget could save seabirds' lives

Thu, 26/03/2020
Many seabirds meet their end accidentally tangled in fishing nets. In a brand new approach to this problem, our Partners are studying the way seabirds detect predators, in a bid to use the same techniques to keep them away from netting.