Seabird of the month: Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
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IUCN status: Vulnerable (Global)   Global population: 3,460,000 – 4,410,000 mature individuals     Description: Wingspan: 93 - 105 cm  Life span: between 12 and 20 years, long-lived birds as old as 28 years have been reported as well  ..read more
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Turn on, tune in, go birding: the secret to mindful birdwatching
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This month we celebrate both World Migratory Bird Day and World Mental Health Day. For Claire Thomson, author of The Art of Mindful Birdwatching: Reflections on Freedom Being, bird flight is a symbol of freedom, representing the ability to soar through life without limitations ..read more
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Can birdwatching really improve our mental health? The science says yes
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We all know that spending time in nature is enjoyable, but now there’s increasing evidence that wildlife – and birds in particular – have a profound positive impact on our mental wellbeing. We delve into the latest discoveries from the fields of biology, economics and psychology ..read more
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How offshore wind development impacts seabirds in the North Sea and Baltic Sea
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Secluded seabird haven discovered in the North Atlantic soon to become a Marine Protected Area
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Right now, 15 governments and the EU are working towards designating a Marine Protected Area approximately the same size of France in the North Atlantic. As it is in the high seas, this site is an area beyond national jurisdiction. A detailed management plan must be implemented and enforced to protect this area rich in marine biodiversity. The name of the area is NACES – the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Seamount - Marine Protected Area.  ..read more
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What gives you hope for the future?
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As you probably know all too well, the struggle to protect nature can be disheartening at times. Whether it’s a disappointing political decision, a species in decline or an extreme weather event; the seemingly unending supply of bad news isn’t great for morale.   As a consequence, it can be easy for people to fall victim to doomism: to be so overwhelmed by despair that they feel they should just give up.   But we cannot let that happen. Apathy and inaction, induced by the false belief that an impending apocalypse is inevitable, are just as dangerous as science denial.   ..read more
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Seabird of the month: Arctic Loon/Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
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The Arctic Loon is frequently bycaught in the Baltic Sea, but also occasionally in the Mediterranean Sea. Our Partners are working on projects to tackle seabird and multi-taxa bycatch ..read more
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A Tribute to Tony Wood, Former President and Vice-President of BirdLife Zimbabwe
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It is with heavy hearts that we honour and say good-bye to Tony Wood, former BirdLife Zimbabwe President and Vice-President. Tony suffered a stroke at home late on Saturday afternoon 11th September and passed away on Sunday 12th September 2021. We will all have our own memories of Tony. He was widely known, has been involved with BirdLife Zimbabwe for many years and had many birding friends within the BirdLife Partnership. We will always be thankful to Tony. Tony was President and Vice President of BirdLife Zimbabwe from 2012 to 2018. In the tough times post 2012 when BirdLife Zimbabwe w ..read more
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French President Macron wants to allow trapping of 110,000+ wild birds
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Terrible news for wild birds in France: President Emmanuel Macron has just re-authorised horrific bird trapping practices which only have their place in history books. BirdLife’s French Partner, LPO, reports ..read more
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PONT-CEPF partnership for conservation effectiveness
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What started as a joint call for proposals for small grants for the Wider Prespa Area has evolved over the past three years into a co-financing, knowledge-sharing and learning partnership between the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT) and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF ..read more
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