• A record amount of £320,000 was raised during last year's Birdfair in August
• The money raised will go towards saving the hundreds of millions of migratory birds on their journey between Europe and Africa
• BirdLife International report shows that 25 million migratory birds illegally killed each year
• More than 25 birds using flyway between Europe and Africa under threat of global extinction
Migratory birds have been handed a welcome boost by fundraising efforts from Birdfair 2015 after a cheque of £320,000 was today [23 Feb 2016] handed over to BirdLife International to help vulnerable migratory birds in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Eastern Mediterranean is used by hundreds of millions of migratory birds twice yearly on their migration between Europe and Africa, each spring and autumn. These birds face many threats on their epic journey including illegal killing, with a recent BirdLife International report revealing 25 million migratory birds are illegally killed each year.
The money raised will go towards a project aimed at reducing the scale and impact of illegal killing of migratory birds, and to improve protection and laws throughout the region.
BirdLife International's Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita, said: "The success of the Birdfair shows that people really care about nature at home and abroad.
"The funds from this year's fair will be used to help BirdLife's work on migratory birds, to prevent the illegal killing in the East Mediterranean. Bringing the death toll down from 25 million to 0 is a big challenge, but only with strong partnerships like the one BirdLife has with the BirdFair we can make it more possible"
Birdfair Co-Organiser, Tim Appleton, said: "I'm delighted that Birdfair 2015 has smashed the previous year's fundraising record of £280,000. A lot of hard work from organisers, volunteers, sponsors and attendee's goes into this event, and we are proud to raise an enormous amount of money to support BirdLife Internationals work in the Eastern Mediterranean.
"Birdfair will continue to support many more important conservation projects in the future and we're delighted that in 2016 we will be raising funds to help save Important Bird Areas in Africa."
Over the next three years, Birdfair will support BirdLife International's project focusing on the world's most endangered Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and this year's emphasis will be on saving IBAs in Africa. More than 12,000 IBAs have been identified to date and collectively they represent the largest global network of important sites for wildlife.