• World Curlew Day – April 21

    There are eight species of curlew worldwide and two are assumed extinct. The Eskimo and the Slender-Billed have not been seen for decades. Out of the remaining six species, three - the Eurasian, the Bristle-thighed and the Far Eastern - are at risk of extinction according to the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species. It is no exaggeration to say that many parts of the earth will lose curlews over the next few decades. Curlews are iconic birds of wild, wet, evocative places – estuaries, mountain slopes, moorland, meadowland and coast. They have inspired poets, artists, musicians and writers for generations. They have given us so much, yet we are allowing them to slip away as we change their habitats and fail to protect them from predation, disturbance and in some places, hunting. April 21 is designated as World Curlew Day.  It is a grass-roots initiative, supported by major environmental organisations, to raise awareness of the plight of curlews and to encourage activities to help them. Please organise an event on April 21 and post it on the Twitter: @WCDApril21 or World Curlew Day Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WCDApril21/ Ideas: Hold a talk, organise a curlew walk, have a curlew coffee morning, hold a curlew-themed art show, create a curlew song or dance, hold a curlew-themed poetry evening, draw a curlew picture, have a Curlew Day at a local school, hold a ‘curlew conversation’ and record people’s memories of when curlew were common… Any monies raised can go towards local or national curlew projects. Thank you for supporting World Curlew Day. Collaborators Protection in Place for Curlew: For a summary of issues affecting all curlew species please see For information on the Hudsonian Whimbrel For the Long Billed Curlew For the Eurasian curlew For the Far Eastern Curlew Relevant links: Conservation Statements for Numeniini Species (CMS) Scientific article: A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds Curlew Media and Consultancy  


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  • The 6th International Swan Symposium

    The 6th International Swan Symposium will take place from the 15th to 19th of October 2018 in Tartu, Estonia.


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  • The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14)

    The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14) will take place from the 10th to the 22nd of November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.


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  • The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13)

    The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) will take place from the 21st to the 29th of October 2018 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.


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  • World Oceans Day 2018

    To learn more about World Oceans Day 2018, please visit http://www.worldoceansday.org/. World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round. Conservation action focus for World Oceans Day 2018:  Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.


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  • World Environment Day 2018

    This page will be update with information as it becomes available. To learn about past World Environment Day campaigns, please visit http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/.


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  • World Migratory Bird Day – October 2018

    World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annually celebrated awareness-raising campaign aiming to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their environments.


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  • International Day for Biological Diversity 2018

    For more information on the International Day for Biological Diversity, please visit https://www.cbd.int/idb/ The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.


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  • The 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

    The 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress will take place from the 9th to 11th of October in Rovaniemi, Finland. For more information, please visit: https://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/congress The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, is organizing the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, 2018 to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity. The Congress is relevant to all who wish to make specific and significant contributions to the conservation of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, Indigenous peoples, policy-makers, government officials, industry, students, and civil society.


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  • World Migratory Bird Day – May 2018

    World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annually celebrated awareness-raising campaign aiming to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their environments.


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