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BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita and David Fisher signing a Memorandum of Understanding between BirdLife and the Neotropical Bird Club © Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Remembering David Fisher: a lifetime devoted to...

Thu, 15/07/2021
On 22 May 2021 BirdLife’s Rare Bird Club lost a tireless supporter of conservation, and it is no exaggeration to say that David Fisher had devoted the whole of his adult life to birds.
Black Storks are currently raising their chicks on the Latvian Fund for Nature's nest cam

6 great nest cams you should watch this summer

Fri, 25/06/2021
This year, the topic of our Spring Alive children’s education programme is how to keep birds’ nests safe. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t need to be anywhere near nests to observe the birds that live in them. Web cameras can offer a glimpse into the secret lives of birds wherever you are in the world.
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.
The Red Kite disappeared from England for 100 years © Scott M Ward / Shutterstock

Red List update: how we brought the Red Kite home...

Fri, 05/03/2021
The 2020 Red List update showed that many raptors are now in peril. In more positive news, the Red Kite was downlisted to Least Concern, thanks in part to a wildly successful reintroduction program that saw the species return to England and Scotland after a century’s absence.
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.
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.

Crunch time for the Brexit negotiations – Nature...

Mon, 12/10/2020
With the pandemic using up most of the oxygen in our national and European debates, Brexit still remains as a topic that we should focus on as negotiations enter their final stretch, ostensibly by next week, and at the latest by the end of the year.

Press release: Over 100 000 citizens demand the...

Mon, 28/09/2020
Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition.

There is no place for racism in birding

Thu, 04/06/2020
In response to the incident in New York involving birder Christian Cooper, and ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations in USA and worldwide – as well as in encouragement of the first #BlackBirdersWeek – BirdLife staff based in the UK, Senegal & Kenya voice their reflections and advice as birders.
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.
Over five years, satellite trackers were fitted to over 100 Hen Harriers © RSPB

Tracking technology confirms controversial cause...

Thu, 05/03/2020
Using tracking technology, the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) has exposed the controversial reason behind the disappearance of Britain’s Hen Harriers. In a country renowned for its love of birds, how can we protect the nation’s most persecuted raptor?
Albatross researcher on Bird Island

Living with albatrosses: Bird Island human stars...

Wed, 18/12/2019
If you have been following along with #AlbatrossStories and watching the nest cams of Greta, you will have seen the extreme changeability of sub-Antarctic weather. We spoke with Alex Dodds, of British Antarctic Survey, living and working on Bird Island, to get her story about living with albatross.
Material from worn out t-shirts is recovered and turned into new products © Teemill

The clothing cycle: how our sustainable clothing...

Thu, 07/11/2019
Every year 100 billion new items of clothing are produced, while a truck full of clothing is burned or buried in a landfill every second. Teemill, who produce BirdLife’s official clothing range, are leading the charge against wasteful ‘fast fashion’ with their innovative circular fashion business model. Co-founder Mart Drake-Knight explains how.
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Novel study identifies key foraging areas of...

Thu, 17/10/2019
Our Marine science team came up with an innovative way of explaining the concept of marine Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas to BirdLife staff - by fitting them with GPS trackers on their lunch break.
Bird puns were the order of the day for BirdLife and the RSPB © Rachel Gartner

Photo essay: speaking out for birds at the Global...

Mon, 23/09/2019
Climate change is already beginning to profoundly impact bird populations across the world. Find out which birds we fought for at this week’s Global Climate Strike, and why it’s so important to speak out for nature and people.

Catching fish, not seabirds

Tue, 13/08/2019
New EU law that gives seabirds a fighting chance against bycatch
Without this intervention, the Tristan Albatross could soon go extinct © J Cleeland

Ambitious plan to remove "mega-mice" to...

Mon, 22/10/2018
Giant invasive “mega-mice” on Gough Island are set to be eradicated in one of the most ambitious projects of its kind, which will save two million seabird eggs and chicks a year from being eaten in the nest.
Tern terraces on Coquet Island © Paul Morrison

Road to recovery for the Roseate Tern

Tue, 11/09/2018
Neighbouring BirdLife partners, RSPB (UK) and BirdWatch Ireland, have joined forces to put Europe’s rarest breeding seabird, the roseate tern, on the road to recovery.