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One of the world’s biodiversity ‘hotspots’ is the Philippines, which consist of more than 7,000 islands and contain many unique species of wildlife. The range of species includes some only found on one island, and others only found on a few. Yet many of these species are close to extinction due to an expanding human population and demand for land.

We’ve been involved in two main ways:
• Providing funds to protect the last remaining forest on the island of Cebu.
• Starting a conservation breeding • programme for the critically threatened Negros bleeding heart dove.

The Philippines, one of the world's conservation 'hotspots', is home to many threatened species some of which may be extinct already.

The Philippines encompass more than 7,000 islands. Most were once covered with tropical forests but human activity has largely destroyed these.

On the island of Cebu only fragments of forest remain and provide refuge for 12 of the 14 endemic birds, including the Cebu flower pecker, once thought to be extinct.

We are involved in two vital areas of work:-

Providing funds to ensure the protection of this remaining forest on the island of Cebu, which is home to the world's rarest trees and to three of the world's rarest birds; and providing facilities for breeding the critically endangered Negros bleeding heart dove on its native island of Negros.

Making a difference

The critically threatened Negros bleeding heart dove is the focus of a conservation breeding initiative on Negros island.

Working in partnership with Fauna and Flora International and the Government of the Philippines, we provide funds and expertise for the construction of aviaries and staffing of a local Conservation Breeding Centre. A population of the Negros bleeding heart has been established at the centre to ensure the species survival. Initiatives aim to ensure that remaining habitat is protected and enhanced giving the wild population the best chance of survival.

BCSF Philippines project

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Information sheet on our Philippines project