Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Global marine areas receive £280,000 boost from Birdfair 2014 visitors

The British Birdwatching Fair 2014, held last August at Rutland Water, raised a record breaking £280,000 for BirdLife International to help advance the designation of new marine protected areas and to enrich worldwide marine wildlife.

The funds will be spent on ensuring that marine protected areas cover critical at-sea habitats for seabirds and other mobile marine species around Europe, Africa, Antarctica, and the high seas.

These sites will protect critical breeding and feeding areas, as well as areas vital for seabirds on migration. The project will potentially benefit a high number of seabirds and may boost the number of rare seabirds visiting UK shores, such as Balearic Shearwaters.

BirdLife International’s Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita, says: “BirdLife International and our Partners working in marine protected areas are very grateful to the Birdfair.

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