Champions of the Flyway is now a well known fund- and awareness-raising event in global birding and conservation circles. Since our humble beginnings back in 2014, we’ve raised over $500,000 for projects tackling the illegal killing of birds migrating along the flyways. Over these past seven years we’ve shone the spotlight on the many challenging issues birds face, helping nine different Birdlife International partners in their ongoing struggle against the slaughter of migrants on the ground.
From May ’21 to May ’22, it’s The Year Of The Dove! The Champions Of The Flyway family has come together for a bumper 12-month campaign, during which we’re dedicating all efforts to saving one of the most iconic and threatened species on the flyway – the European Turtle Dove….
Spotlighting the plight of the Turtle Dove across its range via a global publicity campaign
Pressurising and lobbying decision-makers to change & reinforce legal protection on the flyway and beyond
Raising vital funds for our partners across the East Mediterranean flyway – in Cyprus, Greece and Malta – to combat the slaughter of Turtle Doves via innovative, on-the-ground initiatives and projects
The campaign launch coincided with Turtle Doves returning to their breeding grounds in spring ’21, and followed their nesting season and autumn migration through the year – when COTF Race #1 kickstart the second part of the campaign. This first race, aimed mainly (but not exclusively) at Israeli teams, took place in the north of Israel on 30th Sept 2021 and was a huge success – see here for more!
Throughout the campaign, we had supporters and ambassadors campaigning, supporting and fundraising for the #YearOfTheDove, with some taking part in challenges that raised vitsl funds for our three BirdLife International beneficiaries.
Raceday 2022 took place on 5th April, with a fantastic turnout of teams (especially considering the pandemic challenges) – see the full results here!