Migratory Birds for People Programme

Migratory Birds for People Programme

The Migratory Birds for People programme consists of 20 partner wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa, forming a network that follows the flight path of many migratory wetland birds species.  These centres are working together to share best practice and develop new approaches to delivering wetland messages to their visitors. We have a MBP action plan and the MBP mission that will help you understand what the programme aims to do.  The lead group for the project consists of the Dutch Staatsbosbeheer, WLI, and Wetlands International. We are also working with partners across Europe and Africa, please see the contacts list for more details.

Finally, we have developed a new evaluation sheet for wetland centres, which you can find here.  It is for internal use at your centre, and is not supposed to rank your centre against others.  We hope it is a useful tool to use annually to take a look at what your centre is doing.

MBP group at Tour du Valat

MBP group at Tour du Valat

MBP annual meeting 2015

We held our MBP annual meeting at the Urdaibai Bird Center, Basque Country, Spain, from the 13th to the 16th of September 2015.  The programme included updates from wetland sites, sharing of best practice in cross border cooperation and the opportunity to see the Urdaibai Bird Center’s innovative approach to public engagement.  The meeting was open to both MBP members and external groups, as it was part-funded through the Natura 2000 Bio-geographical Region process.  A report will be available soon. See this page for more information on the presentations, discussions and outcomes of last year’s meeting, 2014.

Newsletter, coordination and meetings

Regular newsletters are produced by Roelof Heringa, one of the lead members of the project, and can be found here.  They give updates on meetings, project development, and partner news.  The core group of MBP also meet at Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands in February 2015, at their new ‘temporary’ wetland centres, a very nice visitor centre.  The group discussed short and long term aspirations for MBP, and you can see the discussion document here.  We also have a Facebook site, please ‘like’ MBP if you are interested!

Map of the  “Migratory Birds for People”- network
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Migratory Birds for People_poster 2014 vers3






: See our new poster (left above, version for Naturum Getterön, Sweden) that can be tailored to your own centres – we can provide the design file (publisher) for you to add your own logo, pictures and examples, for display at your centre.  Just contact the Chris Rostron to arrange for us to send it to you.


Coordinatory team:

Chris Rostron, WLI, WWT, UK; Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International, The Netherlands; Theo de Bruin, Staatsbosbeheer, the Netherlands; Roelof Heringa, Eurosite, The Netherlands; Ellen Hultman, Länsstyrelsen, Ostergötland, Sweden; Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Wetlands International West Africa, Senegal; Jose Unamuno, Urdaibai Bird Center, Spain.

Regional partners

There are 23 regional partners in Europe and West-Africa, each of which has committed to having a long term involvement in the project:

Liminganlahti conservation area, Finland. Contact: Petri Lampila
Fetslund Lenser, Nordre Øyeren wetland centre, Norway, Contact: Trude Starholm
Lake Tåkern Naturum, Sweden.  Contact: Ellen Hultman
Naturum Getterön, Sweden, Contact: Linda Nyberg
Baltic Fund for Nature (CEPA-Team), St. Petersburg, Russia.  Contact: Eugene Genelt-Yanovsky and Yulia Danilova
The naturecenter of Vestamager. Contact: Rune Kjaergaard Lange
Nationalpark – Haus Husum, Germany. Contact: Dr. Hans-Ulrich Rösner
Waddensea – NL, Terschelling. Contact: Freek Zwart and Joeri Lamers
Oostvaardersplassen, The Netherlands.  Contact: Hans Breeveld
Uitkerkse Polder, Natuurpunt, Belgium.  Contact: Bob Vandendriessche
Het Zwin, Province of West-Flanders, Belgium. Contact: Kris Struyf
WWT Slimbridge, UK.  Contact: Chris Rostron
Biodiversum Remerschem, Luxembourg. Contact: Patric Lorgé
Wetland centre Baie de Somme, France.  Contact: Patrick Triplet  and Benoit Marsal
Camargue Gardoise /Centre de découverte du  Scamandre, France.  Contact: Jérémiah Petit
Aiguamolls de l’Emporda Natural Park, Spain.  Contact: Ponç Feliu
Ebro Delta, Spain.  Contact: Xavier Escuté i Gasulla
Parque Regional Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain.  Contact: Teresa López Aledo
Urdaibai Bird Center, Spain. Contact: Jose Unamuno and Edorta Unamuno
Tagus Estuary Birdwatching & Conservation Area. Contact: Sandra Paiva Silva

MBP Africa – West Africa member centres

Wetlands International, West Africa.  Contact: Abdoulaye Ndiaye
Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania. Contact: Mr Yelli Diawara
Parc National Djoudj, Senegal. Contact: Colonel Ibrahima Diop, Conservateur du Parc National des oiseaux du Djoudj
Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea Bissau. Contact: Mr. Meio Dia, coordinateur Reserva da Biosfera do Arquipélago de Bolama Bijagós


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Quick links


Wetland Link International
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