Bird Sightings

Baekryeong Island, May 19-31

Bird News from Nial Moores (with Subhojit Chakladar for part of 26th-28th). In addition to plentiful of enjoyable encounters with Korean breeding species (some of which like Black-faced Spoonbill, Chinese Egret, Tiger Shrike and Forest Wagtail breed on the island … read more


Designing for Hope: May 13th, Hwaseong City

Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea In September 2018, local people, NGOs, scientists and Hwaseong City held a major symposium, the Great Flight of Shorebirds. Evidence was presented of the local, national and international importance of the Hwaseong Wetlands to peoples’ … read more


Proposed air base relocation to the Hwaseong Wetlands would be ecologically disastrous

Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea, August 13th 2022 The Hwaseong Wetlands in Gyeonggi Province are one of the most important remaining waterbird habitats in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Research we conducted in 2020 and 2021 in the wetlands, funded … read more

Field Identification

Tree Pipit: Some notes on identification

Of the smaller pipits that are common migrants through Korea, Olive-backed Pipit and Red-throated Pipit are the most common in that order. In breeding plumage they are unmistakable and easily distinguished from each other. Buff-bellied and Pechora Pipits are less … read more

Public Awareness

From the archives … spring birds in North Korea

Birds have always been of interest in Korea, from the earliest temple paintings to modernity. This also includes North Korea, as this article on spring birds in the journal of the Socialist youth league, Sonyŏndan (March 1955), shows. It was … read more


기자회견: 부산 가덕도 조류조사. 2022년 5월 9일

2022년 5월 9일, 환경운동연합 회화나무홀에서 기자회견이 열렸다. 이날 회견에서는 부산 신공항 부지 제안지인 가덕도의 생물다양성과 문화에 대하여 환경운동연합 산하 조사단의 조사결과가 소개됐다. KFEM이 기획하고 조직한 가덕도생태조사단(단장: 류종성 안양대 교수)활동의 일환으로, 새와생명의터는 가덕도 신공항 예정지의 철새조사를 맡았다. 서울 환경운동연합에서 열린 가덕도 … read more

Animal Welfare

Opinion: One conservationist’s take on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea (April 2nd 2020). I am not a medical doctor and I do not pretend to have specialist knowledge or insights on the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, as someone who lives in the Republic of Korea (ROK), … read more


Seminar on Bird Monitoring: Hongseong

Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea / 새와 생명의 터, June 19th 2022 Thanks to an invitation from Dr Kim Su-Kyung, Senior Researcher at the Eco institute for Oriental Stork and a co-founder of Birds Korea / 새와 생명의 터, I … read more


English-language Names in the Birds Korea Checklists

Dr Nial Moores, August 10th 2022 The Republic of Korea (ROK) has no national rarities committee, and no transparent process to review major changes in status. Birds Korea has therefore maintained open-access bird checklists online in Korean and English since … read more