Around 30,000 Ortolan Buntings are captured every year during the autumn migration, as their flightpath from eastern Europe to west Africa takes them across France – and in particular Landes, a poaching hotspot in the south-west of France. Here, songbirds are trapped in huge numbers, either in nets, or, in Provence, by getting snared by glue smeared on the branches of their favoured trees. BirdLife estimates around 500,000 birds are illegally caught every year in France.
Dr. David Pearson 1941-2017
It is with sadness that we report the death of David John Pearson who passed away peacefully aged 76, after several months illness, on 20th September 2017.
- BirdLife's Ethiopia Partner Clocks 50
- Reintroducing the pink pigeon and echo parakeet in Mauritius
- Making environmental conservation gainful for local communities in Burundi
- Helping to build communities of passionate conservationists to save vultures
- National forum discusses biodiversity mainstreaming in Kenya
- The deadly lake that gives life to flamingos
- Afrique de l’ouest: un réseau de centres éducatifs tisse sa toile
- Ethiopia conserves indigenous Cordia trees
The livelihoods of some local communities in most developing countries like Kenya depend on forest resources and various products such as fuel wood, medicine, and food that these forests offer. Forests are known to host the bulk of natural resources on the planet and for providing water, sequestrating carbon, a base for renewable energy and hydro-power generation, as well as for its role in supporting other sectors of development.
Re-introducing birds to suitable habitats where species have gone extinct is often a very important and sometimes a last resort to sustain the survival of some threatened Mauritian bird species. The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), a BirdLife International Partner in Mauritius, has a long and successful track record of exploiting bird translocation opportunities at any given time.
Wildlife poisoning driven by human-wildlife conflict is a leading threat to the survival of vultures in East Africa. Vulture populations in the Maasai Mara, Kenya have declined by up to 60% (Virani et al. 2011) and will continue on this trajectory if illegal wildlife poisoning is not stopped.
Summarising this months topics, they include:
Immediate Action Needed to Save Declining Vultures in Africa.
Showing only “doom and gloom” would cripple conservation action.
Environmental protection is vital for Tanzania’s industrial economy plan.
Conservation in a Social Context.
New Protected Environment Declared in South Africa.
La terre des génies aux portes de Dakar, sanctuaire pour le phaéton à bec rouge.
Conserving the environment is vital for an industrialized Tanzania, as the country moves towards its vision of a thriving economy by 2025, local environmental groups and advocates have said.
The country’s Mara Water Users Association in collaboration with BirdLife International, stressed this during events marking World Environment Day in the Butiama District of the Mara region, which has been exposed to various environmental threats.
A visit to Dullstroom and its surrounding grasslands is on the bucket list of many birders in South Africa and internationally.
On Reunion, a small, French-owned volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, situated between Madagascar and Mauritius an EU-funded research group have found for the first time a breeding colony of the Mascarene Petrel Pseudobulweria aterrima. This is yet another Critically Endangered seabird, and indeed one of the 15 rarest and most threatened bird species in the world, with an estimated global population of just 100-200.