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Migratory Birds

Migratory Birds

Bar-tailed godwits

Bar-tailed godwits, Luc Hoogenstein

Migratory birds are an ideal subject for forging links between wetland education centres located on the same flyway. The arrival and departure of seasonal birds is an annual phenomenon that sparks people’s interest and imagination. They wonder where the birds come from and where they go, and it helps to emphasize the importance of their local sites as part of a network, vital to preserve these migratory bird populations .

Staff and visitors, could take concrete steps to monitor and record the arrival times of birds, numbers of species and individuals to share this information with other wetland education located on the same flyway centers. The data and resulting interest could promote further conservation measures in your country but also in other countries through these migratory birds.  The WLI network supports a program called ‘Migratory Birds for People‘ in Europe with it’s own web pages and steering group.

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day, 9th – 10th of May 2015, Energy – make it bird-friendly! 

This year’s theme is “Energy make it bird-friendly” making the point that although energy production may often be labelled as ‘green’, it does not always take into account the impact on biodiversity.  Clearly electricity pylons and power lines can result in fatalities amongst birds species, but wind turbines and hydropower for example can also have a negative impact on wildlife.  You can find more information on the WMBD website, with materials, information and ideas for events.  The Migratory Birds for People group have produced a downloadable information sheet on wetland centres and energy.  You can also download a poster produced by WWT (with results of a project funded by DECC) on the potential for cumulative effects on migratory geese and swans of serial wind farm development along their flyways.

Useful Links:

Broads Cuckoo, WMBD 2013

Broads Cuckoo, WMBD 2013

The Convention on migratory species, CMS, (also know as the Bonn Convention) gives details on species action plans and wider projects to protect not only birds, but also sharks, turtles, and many other migratory animals.

AEWA, the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement brings partners together working on migratory birds across 119 range states.

The East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership covers a huge flyway, in a region containing 45% of the world’s human population.

World Migratory Birds day happens every year on the second weekend in May with lots of information at the website on how you can participate and issues facing migratory birds.

The Waddensee Partnership produced a nice animation for the East Atlantic Flyway, explaining in simple ways why it’s important to protect wetlands and species along the flyway.  Birdlife also has a ‘Spring Alive’ website, encouraging young people to get involved in recording and reporting the birds they see.  See the Rutland Osprey project, which includes school resources and information on World Osprey Week (later March)



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

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