MBP Newsletter November 2018

Category: Migratory Birds for People

Last updated: February 14th, 2019

Migratory Birds for People Newsletter November 2018.

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The eighth Annual Meeting of MBP was held at Bouaye, at the Maison du Lac de Grand Lieu, one of our most active wetland centres in the network. Situated in north west France, the site is the largest lowland lake in France, and has an impressive visitor centre with a packed schedule of activities ranging from schools visits, cultural events, birdwatching and international forums.

The meeting welcomed 22 people from across the network, including an Africa representative from Senegal and from the East Atlantic Flyway Initiative from the RSPB and WWT’s new International Engagement Officer.


We looked at our last year’s activities, promoting the success of the World Migratory Bird Day activities, the ongoing communication and exchange between partners, production of joint guidance on communications and multilingual approaches to messaging, and the development of the MBP Africa network. We also presented the new BioWet Erasmus project, working with wetland centres and schools along the flyway on monitoring indicators of climate change.

(see also the contribution by Grand lac de Lieu)

We took a tour of the Grand Lieu site, learning about the different activities and taking a look at the interpretation and signage across the site.
A site visit to local wetlands also showed how conservationists are engaging local people and dealing with issues such as invasive species and sustainable fishing.

As usual, the final night was dedicated to the Euro cocktail, with Roelof and Edorta on the accordion and enjoying the food and drink that we had all brought from our home countries.

Many thanks to Olivier, Audrey and the team of Maison du Grand Lac de Lieu for a well organised and productive meeting, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Slimbridge next year!”

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