The reappearance of the Syrian Brown Bear in Lebanon

  By Fouad Itani  The Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is the smallest subspecies of brown bears from the Ursidae family. It is native to the Middle East and the Caucasus and it is the only species of bears to have occurred in Lebanon. It has a stocky round

Read More

New year, new birds: 10 newly-recognised species

By Alex Dale BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published  by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world’s passerines

Read More

First breeding records of warblers, wheatear in Iraq

By Laith Ali Al-Obeidi In recent years, Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner) has recorded two breeding firsts in the country. In May 2012, I accompanied Richard Porter in bird surveys in Iraqi Kurdistan,in the ChamiRazan area northwest of the city of Sulaimani. It was here that we

Read More

Saving the vultures of Saudi Arabia

By Dr. Mohammad Shobraq An overview of the vulture species that nest in Saudi Arabia, the threats they are facing and what BirdLife is doing to help them. Vultures are one of the most threatened families of birds in the entire world and their decline has been shockingly

Read More

Warmer climate threatening to northern birds

Will northern birds such as the Siberian jay and the red-flanked bluetail be gone in 50 years? There is a huge risk since a deteriorating climate for breeding is imminent. Another six species are also under threat and will require particular conservation actions in order to

Read More

6 things you might have missed from the 2016 Red List

By Alex Dale,  ales of parrots in peril and giraffes in jeopardy dominated the headlines when the 2016 edition of the Red List was published last week. But while the plight of world-famous species inevitably catches the media’s eye, there are many other interesting and

Read More

The European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

By Fouad Itani The European robin (Erithacus rubecula), is a distinctive looking bird from the Muscicapidae family. It measures 14cm in length, with a wingspan of 22cm, and an average weight of 18g. The European robin  is by far the king of the gardens and one of the most

Read More

Navigating a sustainable path to eco-tourism in Palestine

Palestine’s first-ever eco-tourism conference which took place yesterday focus on finding ways to protect Palestine’s unique natural heritage while sustainably tapping its economic and social benefits. The varying geography and climate are represented by the Mediterranean

Read More

Fancy a mate? Only if shade grown

Organic yerba mate receives a healthy infusion from Darwin Initiative grants scheme. Guyra Paraguay (BirdLife in Paraguay) and its local partners awarded more than £300,000 to protect Paraguay’s Atlantic Forest through their shade grown yerba mate project. When you think

Read More