BirdLife International, established in 1922 under the name International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP), is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together there are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country – and growing.

Birdlife International is driven by belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through a global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

BirdLife is widely recognised as the world leader in bird conservation. Rigorous science informed by practical feedback from projects on the ground in important sites and habitats enables to implement successful conservation programmes for birds and all nature.

All Birdlife Partners believe that their actions are providing both practical and sustainable solutions significantly benefiting nature and people. 


• As the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership BirdLife has more than 13 million members and supporters.

• This comprises 2.77 million members, and 10.8 million people who supported BirdLife Partners in 2012 without being members.

• BirdLife Partner organisations worked with 7,475 local groups, including action at 2,750 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas; and their work involved 2.7 million children.

• BirdLife Partners managed or owned 1,553 reserves or protected areas covering 4.3 million haof natural areas globally.


BirdLife Partners work together in a collaborative, coordinated fashion across national boundaries to build a global Partnership of national conservation organisations.

The BirdLife partnership has 6 Regional BirdLife Coordination Offices throughout the world and a Global Office in Cambridge, UK – together known as “The BirdLife International Secretariat”. The Secretariat co-ordinate and facilitate the BirdLife International strategies, programmes and policies.

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