Migratory Birds for People

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The Migratory Birds for People (MBP) programme is about 30 wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa in 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 an MBP strategic plan and the MBP Mission visual update 2018 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 West Africa. We also work with partners across Europe and Africa. Please see the contacts list for details.

MBP Africa has a webpage with news specifically for wetlands educators and communicators in West Africa.

Optics for Africa

Where possible, MBP visitor centres in Europe collect binoculars and telescopes and share them with members in West Africa. So far we have collected more than 80 binoculars and telescopes.

We invite any member centre to participate! Find out how.

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Social media guidelines

Together with partners Eurosite we produced an introductory guide to using social media at wetland visitor centres and nature reserves. In 2021 we produced these more advanced guidelines.

Educational Map

Discover the East Atlantic Flyway through games! The MBP flyway map is an educational resource developed by MBP members, a fabric map of 2 x 1.5 metres. It is rugged so you can bring it to schools or out to the wetland to illustrate migration and how wetland centres are networking to help migratory birds. Members, please contact us for a copy.

You can also download a free guidebook of activities, compiled by the network, to make use of the map.

Connecting Birds & Schools

We arrange video conferences between schools for World Migratory Bird Day. Pupils love it! Previous events have been in across three languages and two flyways.

Flyway Youth Forum

Since 2021 we have co-organised the East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum. Along with the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat and Youth Engaged in Wetlands, we bring young people together virtually to expand their skills as wetland conservationists in the Flyway.

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Map of the Migratory Birds for People network

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

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Twinning programme

In 2023 we are developing a twinning programme. The Terms of Reference are in draft form, ahead of the first exchange at EVOA around the 2023 Annual Meeting.

Video for centre screens

We have a promotional video for visitor centre screens. MBP volunteers produced and translated it in Arabic, BasqueDutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Luxembourgish, PortugueseSpanish, and Swedish. You can view it on YouTube and we can send it to you as a PowerPoint or mp4 video file, as suits your technical setup.

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Flyway expeditions

We are supporting two expeditions on the East Atlantic Flyway.

For Conservation Without Borders' Flight of the Osprey we have developed educational materials. With insight from multiple MBP members and the Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL), we have made a PowerPoint, factsheets, and activity guides. You can download them to use in your centre and with schools. You can access them from the TSL app, where you will also see updates on the expedition, as well as this download pack.

For the Sounding Wild Exploration, we are connecting MBP members with the Drioli brothers to create 3D audio and immersive image magic with local people at MBP member wetland centres.

Newsletter, films, coordination and meetings

Regular newsletters are produced by Isabelle Zwick and Audrey Cadou. They give updates on meetings, project development, and partner news. To subscribe, contact any of the core group. We also have a Facebook and Instagram page.

MBP Newsletter July 2023

A walk through the encañizadas of the Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar regional park

Las Encañizadas is a unique corner of the Murcian coastline where you can find tranquillity and wild nature. To reach this place we recommend you to cycle about 4 km along the cycle path that starts next to the old Quintín mill. When you pass the second mill, the Calcetera, the east wind will bring…

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Reopening of the Lake Grand-Lieu Centre!

Back to MBP homepage The Lake Grand-Lieu Centre reopened its doors to the public on Saturday 27 May 2023, after a 5-month period of works and closure!  Visitors were able to discover the new exhibitions in the visitor centre and the Pavilion, and they took advantage of the 17th National Nature Festival to participate to…

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Sounding Wild – Virtual Wadden Sea Experience

For three days in June/July the Wadden Sea Visitor Centre Nationalpark-Haus Husum hosted the “Sounding Wild Immersive Experience” presented by Axel and Ario Drioli. More than 100 visitors took a dive and immersed into the Virtual Reality impressions, videos, pictures and wildlife sounds previously recorded in the Wadden Sea. The Sounding Wild Immersive Experience is…

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From polder to pole, the extraordinary journey of the barnacle goose

The picture of winter in Oostvaardersplassen is dominated by some 40,000 barnacle geese. The black and white geese are quite striking on the green grasslands, and their plumage hints at a very different landscape. Having eaten their fill, they will soon leave for the rocky cliffs of Nova Zembla and the Russian tundra. Why do…

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Giving our visitors an ever improved experience at Urdaibai Bird Center

We have some great new additions to the exhibition at the Urdaibai Bird Center. The Sounds of the Seasons is a sensory experience of the marsh which enhances access for people. Even if you are visiting Urdaibai Bird Center in spring or summer you can now experience the sounds of  winter in our new audiosphere.…

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Project Godwit bird spotted in Senegal and Spain

Our annual meeting 2019 included a presentation about Project Godwit, a head-starting programme in eastern England, which included local CEPA. One of the godwits hatched there in 2018, has been spotted in Spain and Senegal. The first sighting outside where it was hatched was Isla Mayor, Veta la Palma, Spain in May 2022, and in…

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Vacancy: European Goose Management Platform Coordinator

You or your team may be interested in this job, announced by the Africa Eurasia migratory Waterbird Agreement (AWEA). Their European Goose Management Platform is recruiting a Coordinator. Apply before 31 August 2023 on this link.  

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News from the core group

World Migratory Bird Day: Francophone Ibrahim Hama was as ever a powerhouse for MBP Africa, arranging and hosting a French-language video conference for young people around World Migratory Bird Day. The challenges of public protest limited which schools could participate in Senegal, but he maintains good relations with the schools there for ongoing projects. Ecole…

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Annual meeting – register soon!

Our Annual Meeting will be held in EVOA, Portugal. The deadline to register is extended! Read the programme and register here. Here we summarise the programme as it stood at the start of July.

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Please also check out the archive of more than a decde of newsletters produced by MBP co-founder Roelof Heringa.

Annual meetings

2023

2023's meeting is hosted by EVOA, in Portugal. We want as many members as possible to join digitally, via a large number of Zoom sessions.
Register for the Zoom meetings.
Join us from 8.30 UTC+1 on 2 October! Download the schedule of Zoom sessions and join in.

Attending in person? Here's your full programme!

2022

Our first ever annual meeting in Africa was an opportunity for a regional capacity-building workshop. The detailed report, voluntarily compiled by consultant Tim Dodman, is a rich resource for anyone working in the flyway. It includes summaries of regional needs and expectations, approaches, and case studies. There are plenty of photos! See also the 2022/23 workplan.

2021

Our 2021 annual meeting was online, in the afternoons of October 11 and 12. We had our usual review of the past year and planning for the next, as well as presentations from MBP members and inspirational external groups.

This meeting had full simultaneous interpretation between French and English.

Read the meeting report, including our work plan for 2021/2.

2020

In 2020 we held our first virtual Annual Meeting. On 12 November we met, as usual, to review the past year, and plan for the next one, but we even managed some online birding!

The meeting report summarises the presentations from members and guests, and links to recordings and PowerPoints from the meeting

2019

Twenty MBP colleagues gathered at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in October 2019 to review the past year and plan for the next. Here’s the summary, with some photos, or read the full meeting report here.

2018

This meeting took place at the Maison du Lac de Grand Lieu, near Nantes, France from the 24th to the 27th of September 2018. To see the summary report of the meeting, please click here. For some feedback from some of the participants here’s what said they would be taking home to their wetlands centres and organisations.

MBP News

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Women in Conservation Workshop – Celebrating International Women’s Day

     Join us on March 8th, 2024, for an empowering event dedicated to women in the field of conservation. To celebrate with International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to host the first Women in Conservation Workshop, an integral part of MBP. It is a unique gathering that shines a spotlight on the pivotal contributions…

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MBP Annual Meeting at EVOA 2023!

EVOA and Companhia das Lezírias hosted the meeting superbly at the start of October.   As in other Europe-based meetings, participants struggled to get visas, however two African members were present: Bose Kosemani of Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria, and Emmanuel Taye of the University of Accra.   We took part in a hide assessment…

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Apply for Flyway Youth Forum 2023!

Two-day online training for young people on conservation storytelling. Apply before 31 July.  This year’s East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum will present two days of online training in storytelling for conservation, to people aged 18 – 30 in the flyway. The workshop will be open to young people aged 18 – 30 from coastal countries…

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MBP Annual Meeting ’23 – Programme & last minute registration

October first to fifth 2023, the East Atlantic Flyway network of wetland educators and visitor centres will meet. EVOA in the Tagus Estuary in Portugal is generously hosting the annual meeting for Migratory Birds for People (MBP). Download the latest programme. As of late August, there is still capacity for some self-funded participants, so if…

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Staff twinning in the East Atlantic Flyway

Wetland centre staff love exchange programmes, so we are working to bring one to the East Atlantic Flyway. The Migratory Birds for People network suggested such a scheme at the Annual Meeting in Saloum, Senegal, last year. Thanks to EVOA, there are at least two spaces for twinning around the 2023 Annual Meeting; there have…

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Birds and Schools for World Migratory Bird Day 2023

The WLI team worked with partners to host webinars between schools and wetland centres in two flyways in May 2023. To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, we again activated our Connecting Birds and Schools programme. Ibrahim Hama led a call in French with Biodiversum Remerschen and two schools in Senegal. Connor Walsh connected WWT Castle…

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