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White stork pair could become first to breed in wild in UK for centuries

Birds brooding three eggs due to hatch in June are part of a rewilding project White storks nesting on top of an ancient oak tree could become the first wild pair to successfully breed in Britain for hundreds of years. The enormous birds are brooding three eggs on the rewilded Knepp estate, in Sussex, as part of a project to reintroduce the …

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New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body parts

Across Africa, vultures are being captured and their body parts traded for belief-based use such as traditional medicine. This is putting additional pressure on a group of birds already threatened with extinction. Now, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.   By Oladapo Soneye In Nigeria and across Africa, vultures are being killed so that their body …

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Can you help the turtle-dove in its ‘Flight for Survival’?

Every year, millions of migratory birds are unlawfully killed as they embark on their epic journeys between their homes in Europe and Africa.    Right now, the European turtle-dove has started its journey back to its breeding grounds. Populations have been wiped out by up to 49% in the last 16 years. With its survival at stake, it is now critical …

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A mighty predator made helpless at the hands of humans

The eagle is a long-standing symbol of strength and glory, but though triumphant within the animal kingdom, the predator becomes the prey when the Eastern Imperial Eagle is confronted with human persecution. Can we restore one of Europe’s rarest raptors?   By Cressida Stevens The Eastern Imperial Eagle is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for Survival campaign to raise …

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Hotspots of exploitation: where are species under greatest threat?

A new paper pinpoints global hotspots for unsustainable commercial harvesting of species to prioritise efforts tackling one of the greatest threats to nature. By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins By now, almost everyone knows that many rhinoceros species around the world are threatened with extinction because of commercial overexploitation for their horns, which are sold on the black market. Likewise, all pangolin species …

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New population of Blue-eyed Ground-doves discovered

Four new doves have been discovered, increasing the population of the Critically Endangered bird by 26 percent.   By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins In February 2019, staff at SAVE Brasil (BirdLife Partner) began hearing exciting reports from members of the communities surrounding Botumirim State Park in the state of Minas Gerais. There had been sightings, multiple people reported, of Blue-eyed Ground-doves Columbina cyanopis (Critically Endangered), outside of …

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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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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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The semi-desert area of Ras Baalbek … A hidden Gem

By Fouad Itani The semi-desert area of Ras Baalbek in the northern Bekaa region is a barren area where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions there are hostile to both fauna and flora. What makes this area special is a wide selection of biome-restricted species rarely found elsewhere in Lebanon. This attracts few birdwatchers but also, unfortunately, unethical hunters and poachers.     …

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Spix’s Macaw and Glaucous Macaw among first bird extinctions set to be announced this decade

A new assessment of the world’s rarest birds recommends that eight species should be added to the list of confirmed or suspected extinctions. These include the Spix’s Macaw (famously the main character “Blu” in the 2011 children’s film Rio), the Glaucous Macaw and Pernambuco Pygmy-owl. The assessment reviews 51 Critically Endangered species, three of which should now be re-classified as Extinct, while another, the Spix’s Macaw, should …

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