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  • Blog Post: Help our coastline and save special seabirds

    Our seabirds are struggling and need help. If you live in England, can you support our special seabirds campaign by contacting your MP and telling them how important Marine Conservation Zones are for our wonderful wildlife The coastline is a constant draw for holidaymakers and day-trippers, especially...
  • Blog Post: Can you ask your MP to save the seabirds of the Cumbria Coast?

    Guest blog by Calum Booth, RSPB North West Marine Conservation Officer. As you stroll along the coastal path at RSPB St Bees Head in summer, you’ll be stopped in your tracks by breathtaking views of the spectacular seabird colony nesting on the cliff face, some 100 metres above the sea. Nearly...
  • Blog Post: Protecting a piece of the jewel in South Devon’s Crown

    Drive along the coastline in Torbay, and you will be able to catch a glimpse of ‘the jewel in South Devon’s Crown’. The Marine Conservation Zone of Torbay stretches from near Hope’s Nose at the bay’s northern extremity, to near Berry Head in the south. This beautiful habitat...
  • Blog Post: Help save Northumberland’s seaducks

    Coquet Island to St Mary’s stretches all the way from Alnwick, down to past Whitley Bay covering a large expanse of sea. A haven for wildlife, many seabirds live here, but one in particular needs your help. Please support our special seabirds campaign by asking your MP to protect a special bird...
  • Blog Post: Help protect grebes in Cornwall

    Carrick Roads is a section the River Fal is joined by many creeks and inlets, surrounded in many places by ancient woodland, much of which is a national nature reserve. A haven for wildlife, many seabirds live here, but one in particular needs your help. Please support our special seabirds campaign by...
  • Blog Post: Protecting the puffins of Lundy Island

    An Island in the Bristol Channel where cool northern currents meet warm southern waters creates a mix of thriving habitats, perfect for birds. Lundy Island is one of the biggest sites for seabirds in the South West, but they need your help. Please support our special seabirds campaign by contacting your...
  • Blog Post: The unshakeable resilience of Chilean fishermen

    Some time ago I wrote about the challenges for small scale fishers in Chile , who are represented by fragile working conditions and confront stormy waters in the ironically named Pacific Ocean. I have always tried to highlight the role of small scale fishers as providing an important source of nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Sound in the Deep - What Oceans Mean to Me

    Grey seal photo by Nathaniel Dargue. The sea. The ocean. The deep. Whatever you want to call it, the oceans of the world are vast, mind-bogglingly beautiful and undeniably important. Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about it is that we know so much, and yet know NOTHING in the grand scale...
  • Blog Post: Can marine planning deliver protection AND prosperity?

    This is a copy of a blog post I've done for our EU partners in BirdLife Europe, examining how spatial planning at sea can deliver for the environment and economic prosperity, particularly renewables and meeting our climate change targets. Remember to add your voice to over 250,000 others calling...
  • Blog Post: Measure for Measure

    Today, two important consultations for marine conservation close in the UK. Firstly, there is the consultation on the proposed second tranche of English Marine Conservation Zones (all 23 of them), which fills in some of the biggest gaps in the network. We’ll have a separate blog about this in due...
  • Blog Post: The Beached Bird Survey 2015 - get involved

    My colleagues in Northern Ireland this week made a call for the public to be aware of and report any beached seabirds - every bit of information is valuable to better understand the impacts on our breeding and non-breeding populations. Winter is traditionally the season when birds are washed up either...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds South West - little terns, Scilly seabirds and more...

    Hi all, Here’s the latest edition of 'Seabirds South West', with news on Chesil Beach’s little tern colony, thoughts on the protection of wintering birds along the south Cornwall coast and the latest on the Scilly seabird project. Definitely worth sharing more widely than just...
  • Blog Post: Namibia takes positive steps to reduce seabird mortality in hake fisheries

    Incidental bycatch in fisheries constitutes the major threat for many vulnerable populations of seabirds. Globally 300,000 seabirds are killed in longline and trawl fisheries where they are hooked and drown on baited hooks or are struck by trawl cables and dragged under water. Approximately 100,000 of...
  • Blog Post: Testing seabird bycatch mitigation: getting the facts right

    Of the 300,000 seabirds killed in longline and trawl fisheries each year, around 100,000 are albatross. This level of mortality is clearly not sustainable for these inspirational, but sadly imperilled seabirds, with 15 of the 22 species of albatross threatened with extinction. Birds are killed when...
  • Blog Post: Back on board with the demersal longline fleet in South Africa

    I recently headed down to Hout Bay, South Africa to join a demersal (bottom) longline fishing vessel in a fishery we have recently begun working with again to improve and update mitigation measures. Upon arrival to the harbour I found that the boat that I was supposed to join had already left port...
  • Blog Post: The RSPB at Filey Bay– building a local presence

    I'm really pleased to bring you a guest post by Vicky Brown, who has been based at Filey Bay in Yorkshire this summer for the RSPB, getting to know and working with the local netsmen. Vicky shares some of her experiences so far. Filey Bay is a small quaint fishing town off the East Coast of Yorkshire...
  • Blog Post: Pink-footed sheawater bycatch in Peru’s small-scale gillnet fishery

    Since 2013 Birdlife partners in Ecuador, Peru and Chile have been monitoring small-scale gillnet fleets for evidence of interactions (termed “bycatch”) with pink-footed shearwaters and other seabird species. In Peru there are tens of thousands of small-scale fishermen operating from over...
  • Blog Post: A long life after pollution: two guillemots' stories.

    Guest post by Jean Bradford MBE. Since 1983, Jean has run the South Devon Seabird Trust which specialises in the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of oiled seabirds, particularly guillemots. Over the years there has been much comment on the survival rates of birds released into the wild following...
  • Blog Post: Workshop on gillnet and purse seine fisheries

    Each year an estimated 400,000 seabirds are killed in gillnet fisheries, while no estimates exist yet for purse seine fleets. Little attention has been given to purse seine fisheries as it was thought they had little impact on seabirds. Alarming new evidence is starting to change that perspective. ...
  • Blog Post: First English Marine Plans arrive

    I wonder if Bempton Cliff’s seabirds arriving for this year’s breeding season will notice anything different? The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) today releases the final marine plans for the East of England inshore and offshore areas, a total area of almost 60,000km 2 . This is a...
  • Blog Post: The great Baobab tree has fallen

    Today I just want to pay tribute to my lifelong hero and role model Tata Nelson Mandela. His death really struck a chord in my heart that was never struck before. I guess it is true what they say when they say ‘you never know what you have until it is gone’. His death has sturred up emotions...
  • Blog Post: The threat of rats and mice to the seabirds of our oceans

    Having spent close to three months on Nightingale and then Tristan da Cunha Islands last year I was struck by the incredible seabird diversity on the uninhabited and much smaller island of Nightingale. As many as 13 different seabird species breed on the 3 square kilometre volcanic island with a highest...
  • Blog Post: People, the ocean and a hard life in artisanal fisheries

    In nearly eight years the Albatross Task Force has published around 288 blogs in this community. These diaries have reflected part of the effort of our team from eight countries where the ATF is working for the conservation of our seabirds. These records, apart from letters and images are also leaving...
  • Blog Post: Trouble in Paradise

    Guest post by Matt Brierley, a wildlife filmmaker writing about his experience of creating Trouble in Paradise , the story of the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project. I don't know when you last had your life governed by lunar activity. (I’m presupposing there are no werewolves reading...
  • Blog Post: What’s the value of the marine environment?

    What’s the value of the marine environment? Putting a value on something that you can’t directly buy is always going to be tricky. What if i asked you to value your favourite view? Would the retail price of a framed picture to hang on your wall be about the right price? Probably not. The...