BirdLife, the magazine

BirdLife, the magazine is produced by BirdLife International.

I write regularly for the magazine, which covers wildlife conservation stories worldwide. Scroll down this page for more recent articles.

In the January - March 2020 issue, I had a piece on the prospects for returning to the landscape five species currently listed as Extinct in the Wild; this follows the successful reintroduction of Guam Rail. 

In the Oct-Dec 2019 issue, I had the cover feature, a hard-hitting article explaining the background to the forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon this year. 

In the January-March 2018 issue, I wrote an article unravelling the world's great bird mysteries.

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Published online first in February 2018, then available in the hard-copy magazine from March, is my article on funds from the 2018 British Birdwatching Fairsupporting the creation of a fabulous new National Park in Argentina - called Ansenuma, and located at Mar Chiquita - which will help conserve hundreds of thousands flamingos and even more migratory waders.

Here is an article about how agriculture has become the principal threat to the world's birds. Published in June 2018.

I had a couple of pieces in the April-June 2021 issue, one on a new boardgames that seeks to educate players about flyway conservation (which can be read here) and one about raptors (which can be read online here). 

In the July-September 2020 issue I did an update on the Asian songbird trade, which I had previously covered in 2016.

Everyone should celebrate when a globally threatened species is moved to a lower category of threat. But why isn't that always the case? this was the subject of my article for the Jan-Mar 2019 issue of BirdLife, the Magazine.


This piece about the destruction wrought by the cage bird trade on Indonesia's songbirds, rendering far too many of them globally threatened,  appeared in the December issue of BirdLife magazine, and also on the BirdLife website, where it can be read for free.

Twenty-five million birds are killed each year in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caucasus. Here's the start of my article about 'the killing crisis', published in spring 2019.

In the January to March 2021 issue, I wrote with good news and bad about the fate of parrots in the Americas. This article was also published online: read it for free here


I had two pieces in the July-September 2021 issue, one about the Asian bird trade (again: this time combining a deep dive on Javan Pied Starling - a species that, uniquely, is Extinct in the Wild yet has a million birds in captivity - with revelations about India becoming a wildlife hub) and one about Spotted Greenshank. Plus pieces on: 

Here is an article I wrote to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BirdLife's Preventing Extinctions Programme. Published in October 2018. You can read it online here.