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SPNL is an a-political organisation, working at the national level in a collaborative and transparent manner. SPNL bases its work on sound science and passionate commitment, which through transparent and democratic processes, leads to a well-informed public. SPNL strives to conserve biodiversity for the provision of a better quality of life through sustaining sites, habitats, species and people.

Wings & Waves Newsletter | March 2019

Wings & Waves Newsletter | March 2019 SPNL launches a new website: Butterflies and Moths of Lebanon SPNL launches new website http://butterflies.spnl.org/. An online guide to the butterflies and moths of Lebanon, butterfly gardening, and butterfly conservation. Read more What’s Growing On: A tour of SPNL Butterfly Garden and Pavilion Come and visit Lebanon’s number one butterfly garden. Our butterfly garden is located …

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Call for EAAFP WMBD 2019 Small Grant application

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. . In 2018, WMBD unified the planet’s major migratory bird corridors, or flyways: the African-Eurasian flyway, the East Asian-Australasian flyway, and the Americas flyways. It is now celebrated twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October. In …

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Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind When You Go Bird Watching in Lebanon

Lebanon is covered by mountainous terrain, and it lies in the east side of the Mediterranean Sea. It has diversified habitats and is a favorable location for birds. It attracts around 300 different kinds of birds. In Lebanon, you can watch endangered species like Social Lapwing and the Imperial Eagle. There are quite a few designated sites for birding, and …

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What’s Growing On: A tour of SPNL Butterfly Garden and Pavilion

Come and visit Lebanon’s number one butterfly garden. Our butterfly garden is located on a spacious 2,000 m2 hilltop in the Bekaa valley, in partnership with the West Bekaa Country Club. The butterfly garden will incorporate hundreds of native plants and a design that will preserve and accommodate much of the original habitat and plant communities, along with a greenhouse and …

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SPNL launches new website: Butterflies and Moths of Lebanon

SPNL launches new website http://butterflies.spnl.org/. An online guide to the butterflies and moths of Lebanon, butterfly gardening, and butterfly conservation. Because of its unique location between Asia, Africa, and Europe, Lebanon has a diverse butterfly fauna. There are at least 165 species of butterflies, a number much higher than that of nearly every other country in the Middle East and …

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Birdfair 2019 project announced: Conserving Cambodia’s ‘Big Five’

On the same day it was revealed that the total amount raised by the British Birdwatching Fair for conservation has passed the £5 million mark, the event dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Birding’ revealed this year’s project: protecting Western Siem Pang, a haven for five Critically Endangered bird species.   By Alex Dale You’ve heard of Africa’s Big Five – now ready …

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This shy bird can escape a birdwatcher’s eye, but not illegal trappers’ nets

Despite its attempts to live a secretive life, the migration route of the endearingly rotund Common Quail leaves it subject to illegal trapping. Action is needed – with your help we can halt their decline and protect many other bird species at the same time. By Cressida Stevens The Common Quail is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for …

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BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING IN THE RAS AL METN HIMA/KBA AREA-LEBANON

A NEW PILOT PROJECT INITIATED BY THE KBA UNIT IN LEBANON TO ASSESS THE BIODIVERSITY AND IMPROVE ITS MANAGEMENT The Ras El Metn Hima/KBA area has an overall objective to conserve endemic and endangered wildlife and their habitats, incorporate wildlife conservation as an integral part of sustainable human development and strengthen the institutional capacity of local government agencies and non-governmental …

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Netted, glued and eaten whole – can we keep this songbird free?

The Eurasian Blackcap’s beautiful song has inspired humanity for centuries. But in Cyprus today, it is silenced by industrial-level illegal trapping using invisible nets or glue sticks: all to fuel an unlawful trade in local delicacies, run by organised criminals. Could education be the solution?   By Jessica Law The Eurasian Blackcap is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight …

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Butterflies migration were spotted at Hima Kayfoun and Ouzai

Amazing butterflies migration in several parts of Lebanon including Hima Kayfoun for the last three days. The butterflies were spotted also at Ouzai near the Rafic Hariri International Airport. Thousands of these butterflies migrating south. A magical spectacle. As witnessed and filmed by Maher Osta from SPNL and Ali Dagher Mayor of Kayfoun and Hima team. It’s the first-ever documentation …

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