The Steppe Whimbrel is the rarest and least understood member of the highly threatened Numeniini tribe (curlews and godwits). But considering they were believed to be extinct 25 years ago, it’s unsurprising that we know so little about them. A newly published report is beginning to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
In December last year, the call of one of the world’s rarest birds was identified and recorded for the first time by our Partner BirdLife South Africa. With fewer than 250 mature individuals remaining in the wild, the White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi is Critically Endangered, and at severe risk of extinction.
White Storks Ciconia ciconia are arriving in Europe following their epic migration across the African continent. They have weathered exhaustion, starvation and the threat of hunting, and now all they need is a place to settle down, build their nest and raise their young. But where can they find such a haven? There’s one place where storks are not only protected, but celebrated.
For thousands of years, European Turtle-doves have inspired humanity, serving as symbols of love, fidelity and new life. In Roman mythology, the bird was sacred to Demeter, Goddess of the harvest and fertility; in modern days, in Cockney rhyming slang, the words ‘turtle dove’ are used to mean ‘love’.
The European Honey-buzzard is fearless in the face of stinging wasps and hornets - but it has no defence against illegal shooting for sport. In Italy, “anti-poaching camps” sparked an extremely successful movement which has saved thousands of honey-buzzards.
The Common Quail is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for Survival campaign to raise awareness of the scope and scale of the illegal killing of migratory birds.
The Eurasian Blackcap is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for Survival campaignto raise awareness of the scope and scale of the illegal killing of migratory birds.
In honour of International Women’s Day, we invited Awatef Abiadh to share her insight from interviews with motivated and brave women who lead on conservation projects in developing countries in the Mediterranean. Get ready to be inspired…
Awatef is the Programme Officer for North Africa for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, CEPF, in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot.
Many of you will know that Martin died on Sunday 24th February 2019, relatively peacefully, having been diagnosed with untreatable cancer in September 2018. The end came very quickly with all the family here, and until recently his quality of life was not too bad.
He was very stoical, and at least it gave him time to organise things, his favourite / best books went off to auction in October, and he was delighted when his archive went to the Natural History Museum at Tring where it might be of use to others.
All African Bird Club members are invited to the launch of a new wildlife art gallery in Solva, Pembrokeshire (Wales, UK) on Tuesday 12th March 2019.