Many of our migrant birds are in trouble. Breeding populations of long-distance, trans-Saharan migrant birds have declined sharply since the 1970s. 

Some species have declined in the UK by a staggering 95 per cent over the last 40 years. We need to find out the reasons for these declines and work with partners to help save them.

'Our' summer visitors are, on average, here for just four months of the year. If we only focused our conservation efforts for migratory birds in that space of time, we would be missing the bigger picture.

These birds recognise no borders. Our 'Birds Without Borders' programme will raise awareness of the need for BirdLife International partners to work together, to integrate conservation for long-distance migrants by developing initiatives that will protect, conserve, improve, restore and create habitats across the range of migratory birds.

You can play a part in this story by donating whatever you can afford today to save these birds for future generations.

Chris Packham, naturalist and TV presenter, is behind our campaign to save our migrants. He too is looking forward to seeing and hearing our summer visitors this year:

What we'll be doing

On the birds' breeding grounds

In the UK, we are working to improve the breeding success of some of our most rapidly declining summer visitors:

  • By ensuring our network of reserves provides good quality habitat for birds and other wildlife;
  • By working closely with farmers and other landowners to provide the safe nesting and feeding sites for birds such as turtle doves;
  • By effective lobbying to influence public policy and legislation to benefit birds and the environment.

On migration routes

In Europe, we are working with our partners to help them achieve the same, and to ensure safe passage for birds on migration:

  • By taking action to end illegal killing and unsustainable hunting of birds in Malta through the provision of long-term technical and financial support to our local partner organisation, BirdLife Malta;
  • By working to put a stop to illegal trapping on British military bases on Cyprus, pressuring our Government to take action;
  • To advocate that hunting of birds of an unfavourable conservation status takes place within the framework of an agreed EU management plan;
  • By working with the EU parliament to design policy solutions that will ensure birds and other wildlife are able to thrive within the wider countryside;

On the wintering grounds

In Africa, where conservation must be integrated across an environment as important to the survival of people as it is to birds, we are working with BirdLife partners and other stakeholders to deliver sustainable conservation initiatives that provide benefits for both migrant birds and people:

  • Using cutting-edge techniques to help identify the routes taken by birds - allowing us to focus our conservation action where it is most relevant;
  • Undertaking vital research to better understand the requirements of 'our' migrants when they are outside the UK;
  • By working to influence public policy and legislation in Africa;
  • Working with BirdLife partners to deliver effective and sustainable conservation to protect and restore habitats and landscapes that are important for the survival of both birds and people.

We're working together

At its most fundamental, we need science to find practical solutions to the most pressing conservation problems and to keep us focused on the highest priorities. Our conservation work for migratory birds is underpinned by our scientific research.

By protecting migratory birds during their whole lifecycle in the UK, Europe and Africa - on their breeding grounds, during migration and on their wintering grounds - we can all help prevent the loss of our summer migrants.

Donate now

Donating online is easy and ensures that more of your money is used for conservation.

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Or you can also donate by:

Telephone: Our Supporter Services team can also take donations over the phone. Call 01767 693 680, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday

Post: We can accept donations by cheque too. Please make cheques payable to The RSPB and send them to: Birds Without Borders project, The RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

Our target

With your help we've raised £400,000 towards our total of £2,000,000


Why we need your help

We need to raise £2 million. Here are some examples of what a donation from you can help us do:

£10 which could help buy trees to restore lost habitat for migrants in Africa
£15 which could go towards planting a hectare of seed-rich plants in the UK as food for turtle doves
£20 which could go towards buying a geo-locator tag to track where the birds go

Tracking turtle doves

Satellite tracking gives us a unique insight into what happens to individual birds, both while they're in the UK and once they migrate overseas.

Satellite tracking

Find out more about why we're using satellite tags to follow turtle doves and what's involved. More...

Satellite tracking

In trouble

Just some of the amazing migrants that your money will be helping:

Miel de Botton - "Birds Without Borders"

Listen to Miel de Botton sing her support for the campaign

Working in partnership

This project wouldn't be possible without the generous support of:

  • Naturama
  • Nature Mauritanie
  • NCF