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New Zealand Fairy Tern – critically endangered tiny tern faces new threat

Around half of the ten or so New Zealand Fairy Tern pairs remaining in the world breed at the beautiful Northland harbour of Mangawhai. They nest on the enormous sandspit where the Department of Conservation and NZ Fairy Tern Trust maintain a trapping programme for predators and the nests are closely monitored during the breeding season.  Continue reading

Billion people living off wetlands

February 2 was World Wetlands Day, the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (the so-called Ramsar Convention). This year the focus is on Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods. Continue reading

Rock Partridge hunting in Montenegro banned for three years

Thanks to increasing pressure and a campaign from the Centre for the Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (CZIP, BirdLife Partner) and the Montenegrin Customs Authority, a three-year moratorium has been issued against the illegal hunting, killing and smuggling of Rock Partridge in Montenegro. Continue reading

Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk

Birds in Europe will continue to be put at risk from lead poisoning, as the European Commission today announces it will continue allowing the chemical’s use in ammunition. Continue reading

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’s most important sites for nature

Conservationis scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), BirdLife International, and colleagues in Italy assessed satellite data to measure forest loss in 7,000 key sites for nature from 2000-2012. Continue reading

Indian Government signs raptor conservation agreement

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey. Continue reading

Beijing buntings beguile birders

Asia’s rarest bunting, the Rufous-backed Bunting Emberiza jankowskii, has been found wintering close to China’s capital – the first record of this globally threatened species in Beijing municipality for seventy-five years. Continue reading

Decade-long Citizen Science project counts China’s waterbirds

Since 2005, more than 150 volunteers have taken part in the China Coastal Waterbird Census, which, in November 2015, published its third report on the state of the country’s coastal waterbirds Continue reading

Shifting into higher gear against illegal bird killing

With the release of our scientific review and report on the illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean, BirdLife and our Partners were able to bring the issue into the spotlight. Continue reading

Hard work not over yet for seabird protection in the Pacific

Breakthrough for saving seabirds from longline fishing mortality in the north Pacific, but there’s a catch. Along with saving seabirds on-board with fisherman as the Albatross Task Force, BirdLife’s Marine Programme also gives seabirds a voice in the international policy arena. Continue reading