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 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 2014

We held our annual meet at the Centre du Scamandre in the Camargue, from the 14th to the 17th of September, generously hosted by the Centre de Découverte de Scamandre.  Click MBP Annual meeting programme 2014 for the agenda of the meeting, or go to the meeting page for more information on the presentations, discussions and outcomes of the meeting.  Next year’s annual meeting will be held at the Urdaibai Bird Center, Basque Country, Spain, on the 14th / 15th of September 2014.

Newsletter, coordination and meetingsposter 2 Migratory Birds for People Groot met logo FEB2014 (3)

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.  We also have a downloadable poster (right) that shows the location of the partners. Also available in German version (Deutsch) , and Dutch version (Nederlands) and Portugese versions (Português).

Migratory Birds for People_poster 2014 vers3NEW: See our new poster (left, version for Naturum Getteron, 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:

Theo de Bruin, Staatsbosbeheer, the Netherlands; Roelof Heringa, Eurosite, The Netherlands;  Chris Rostron, WLI, WWT, UK;  Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International, The Netherlands; Ellen Hultman, Länsstyrelsen, Ostergötland, Sweden; Liesbet Cleynhens, Natuurpunt, Belgium; Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Wetlands International West Africa, Senegal.

Regional partners

There are 17 regional partners in Europe, each of which has committed to having a long term involvement in the project:

Liminganlahti conservation area, Finland. Contact: Sari Airas
Fetslund Lenser, Nordre Øyeren wetland centre, Norway, Contact: Trude Starholm
Lake Tåkern Naturum, Sweden.  Contact: Ellen Hultman
Naturum Getteron, Sweden, Contact: Linda Eklund
The naturecenter of Vestamager. Contact: Stella Blichfeldt, Nature Interpretator
Nationalpark – Haus Husum, Germany. Contact: Dr. Hans-Ulrich Rösner
Oostvaardersplassen, The Netherlands.  Contact: Heleen Visser
Uitkerkse Polder, Natuurpunt, Belgium.  Contact: Bob Vandendriessche
Het Zwin, Province of West-Flanders, Belgium. Contact: Leo Declercq
WWT Slimbridge, UK.  Contact: Chris Rostron
Wetland centre Baie de Somme, France.  Contact: Patrick Triplet 
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 / Alfredo González Rincón / Ana Navarro Sequero
Baltic Fund for Nature (CEPA-Team), St. Petersburg, Russia.  Contact: Eugene Genelt-Yanovsky

MBP Africa – West Africa member centres

Wetlands International, West Africa.  Contact: Abdoulaye Ndiaye

In order to work with partners at the southern end of the migratory bird route, we have also involved partners in Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea Bissau .

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


         Wetlands International

The WLI network is endorsed by the Ramsar Convention on wetlands and coordinated by WWT.

Quick links


Wetland Link International
WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT, UK
T: +44 (0) 1453 891254
E: info@wli.org.uk Twitter: @wetlandlink