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:
In the UK, we are working to improve the breeding success of some of our most rapidly declining summer visitors:
In Europe, we are working with our partners to help them achieve the same, and to ensure safe passage for birds on migration:
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:
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.
Donating online is easy and ensures that more of your money is used for conservation.
Or you can also donate by:
Telephone: Our Membership 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
With your help we've raised £400,000 towards our total of £2,000,000
We need to raise £2 million. Here are some examples of what a donation from you can help us do:
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Just some of the amazing migrants that your money will be helping:
A familiar sound of spring, but for how much longer?
There's been a worrying 88 per cent decline in their numbers since 1970.
Summer evenings would be incomplete without their screaming calls.
Our woodland reserves are home to pairs returning to the UK to breed.
We've lost nine out of 10 of these beautiful birds since 1970.
Working with partners, we're studying where these birds live in Africa.
Just one of our migrants with populations in steep decline.
This project wouldn't be possible without the generous support of: