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: