Every year

0

birds are killed illegally

ACT NOW

Every year

25 000 000

birds are killed illegally

ACT NOW

Shooting, trapping, poisoning.
Millions of migratory birds are slaughtered illegally as they make nature’s most incredible journey. Follow these magnificent birds on their epic flight for survival.

BirdLife International has exposed the illegal mass slaughter of migratory birds across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caucasus. Every year, an average of 25 000 000 birds are unlawfully shot, trapped or poisoned, from the smallest songbirds to the most powerful birds of prey. Endangered species, already hit hard by habitat loss and climate change, are being pushed closer to extinction – and all in open defiance of the law.

We are following the spectacular migratory journeys of these seven birds and exposing the different dangers they face at some of the worst illegal killing blackspots along the African-Eurasian flyway.

Birds know no borders; migration routes cross countries and even continents. BirdLife International is the largest nature conservation partnership in the world. Together with our national partners, we’re working to protect migratory birds at a flyway scale – but we need your help.

With your support, we can combat human threats to migratory birds at their wintering, breeding and stopover grounds and take targeted conservation action to end illegal killing at some of the worst blackspots along the African-Eurasian flyway.

June 9, 2021
Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis© Yves Adams

Fighting bird crime in Montenegro

The illegal killing of birds, even protected species, has become rife in Montenegro. This year, a Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), […]
June 3, 2021
Blackcap ©BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

Portugal bans the sale of bird traps

Article by SPEA The law has been revised, and now forbids not just the use but also the sale of indiscriminate traps such as lime-sticks, snares […]
May 11, 2021
European turtle dove ©HOS Anastasios Sakoulis

Why is Greece allowing the slaughter of European Turtle Doves?

Every year, doles of European Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) fly over Greece’s Ionian islands during their spring migration. While that may sound like a lovely place […]
May 7, 2021
Sociable Lapwing ©Ferdi Akarsu

Global Big Day: share your eBird sightings and help end the illegal killing of birds

Wherever you are in the world on Saturday 8th May, we hope you will join us for World Migratory Bird Day: to celebrate the miracle of […]