Working for birds in Africa

ABC at the UK Bird Fair, August 2018

We are present as usual at the British Birdwatcher’s Fair at Rutland Water, UK, from
Friday August 17th – Sunday August 19th in Marquee 2, stand 65/66. Please drop by to
say hello, have a chat and pick up your autumn Bulletin. Adam Riley of Rockjumper
Birding Tours and one of our sponsors is representing ABC in the Bird Brain Quiz and
Keith Betton is giving the ABC Lecture. Visit the BBWF website for full details at
https://birdfair.org.uk.

Introduction

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African birdlife has an enormous appeal for birdwatchers, avian photographers, ornithologists and even for tourists with only a passing interest in wildlife. Almost 2,500 species of 111 families have been seen in the mainland of Africa, its associated islands and around its coasts. Of these, perhaps 1,800 species and a remarkable 20 bird families are found only in this geographic area.

BL Malawi campaign compels court to uphold ban on thin plastic

The wide use, and poor waste management, of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Malawi has recently become a major concern for government, environmental and conservation organisations, and advocates of a safe and healthy environment. Plastic bag pollution threatens the country’s ecosystems at all levels including land, river and lakes. Plastic packages have replaced natural and biodegradable materials as a cheap, quick way to package food and shopping items – leading to debates on the negative effects that their disposal could have on the environment and people’s health.

Leading the fight to help birds migrate safely over Malta

Nimrod Mifsud, BirdLife Malta's newly nominated Nature's Hero, made headlines in the international press in 2014. With Nimrod's assistance, British naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham was making a documentary on Malta's controversial spring hunting of migrant birds. While Nimrod and the BBC crew were making their way along a public footpath through land claimed for exclusive use by hunters, he was arrested and charged with trespassing, after allegedly being abused and threatened.

A concrete partnership for nature conservation in Burkina Faso

This timely partnership takes place in a setting where Burkina Faso’s nature is bending under the pressure of human activity. The unbridled race towards raw materials, and the imperative of economic development, is not always compatible with sustainable production and consumption. It’s an age-old tale : humanity’s needs are unlimited, but resources are rare. Our current mode of development is reaching its limits, and it is necessary to find a new balance between man and his environment.

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest

Gbessay Sannoh and Bockerie Sama are standing in a shady rainforest amongst the whooping sounds of hornbills and leafy cocoa trees. They’re at the edge of the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, where for generations thousands of cocoa trees have been grown by their people – the Goleagorbu, small-scale farmers. While chatting and joking they break open the large, golden-yellow cocoa pods with smooth-handled wooden clubs.

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