TN46 RSPB’s Helen Byron on the Tana River Delta

Tana feature

A conversation with Helen Byron, the RSPB’s Senior International Site Casework Officer about the hugely important campaign to protect the Tana River Delta in Kenya (feature photo of Tana River copyright Cheryl-Samantha Owen of

The Tana River Delta is one of the most important wetlands in Africa and has been described as Africa’s second Okavango Delta. It supports over 350 species of birds, including twenty-two wetland birds found in internationally important numbers, globally threatened birds such as the Endangered Basra Reed Warbler and two threatened primates found nowhere else in the world – the Tana River red colobus and Tana River crested mangabey.

Petition to stop Bedford Biofuels planting jatropha in the Tana Delta:

Tana River Delta casework page on RSPB website:

Serah Munguti, Nature Kenya’s Communications and Advocacy manager

Show Notes

Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.

The need for an effective bird conservation organisation has never been greater. Climate change, agricultural intensification, expansion of urban areas and transport infrastructure, and over-exploitation of our seas all pose major threats to birds.

The RSPB could not exist without its supporters and members. Whether you join us, give a donation, purchase items from us or undertake voluntary work, your support is vital to the future of birds and the places where they live.


Malindi Pipit, Chalaluma, Tana Delta. Photo © Peter Usher

Caspian Plover, Tana Delta. Photo © Peter Usher


Little Bee-eater, Kenya. Photo © Charlie Moores


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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores


  1. Excellent to have this publicity for the campaign to save the Tana River Delta. The delta is THE most amazing wetland and it would be criminal to have it go under fake biofuel projects. Could you add a link to this post for the website which is also set up to contribute towards the conservation of the delta.

  2. Charlie says:

    Hello Colin. I came across Arocha and your website and meant to put up a link but unfortunately didn’t. I’ll rectify that immediately (see revised Links above)

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