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 strategy plan MBP programme 1811 and the MBP Mission visual update 2018 that will help you understand what the programme aims to do, an MBP workplan 2020-21, and a summary action plan poster to which you can add your details.

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 details.

Resources

We have designed a poster that you can tailor 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. Contact Chris Rostron to arrange for us to send it to you.

We also have an updated map – thanks to Theo de Bruin and Edorta Unamuno for producing it!

Optics for Africa

Where possible, MBP visitor centres in Europe collect binoculars and telescopes and share them with members in West Africa.

First handover!

Adil Boulahia of WWT hands over 12 sets of binoculars to Ibrahim Hama of Wetlands International West Africa. WWT Slimbridge donated this first batch of optics in October 2019.

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

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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. We are developing guidelines on how best to use it at your centre or with your local schools; come back later for more information!

Annual meeting 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.

Annual 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.

Annual meeting 2018

This meeting took place at the Maison du Lac de Grande 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.

Newsletter, films, coordination and meetings

Regular newsletters are produced by Roelof Heringa, one of the lead members of the project. They give updates on meetings, project development, and partner news: subscribe here. We also have a Facebook page. and Instagram page, please ‘like’ MBP if you are interested!

Finally, we have a promotional video created by a volunteer of ours, which you can find in Arabic, BasqueDutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Luxembourgish, PortugueseSpanish, and Swedish. These are all on YouTube for use with your wetland conservation projects.

Map of the  “Migratory Birds for People”- network

You may click on the map (2017) in order to enlarge it on screen.

See our new poster (left, 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 Chris Rostron to arrange for us to send it to you.

On the right is our updated map, thanks to Theo de Bruin and Edorta Unamuno for producing it.

 

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MBP News

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News from East Atlantic Flyway

The latest Newsletter from Migratory Birds for People is now online! With articles from up and down the East Atlantic Flyway, download the PDF to learn how our peers have been keeping visitors safe when visiting their centres: Sensory and fun outdoor activities for kids 2021 Species year – trying to count 2021 species of…

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WWD 2021 at Biodiversum, Luxembourg

To celebrate the Ramsar Conventions’ 50th  anniversary, BirdLife Luxembourg and Biodiversum Nature Centre were invited by RTL Radio to speak about the Ramsar Convention, wetlands and their conservation in Luxembourg and worldwide. World Wetlands Day was the ideal time. Visits to wetlands were postponed due to current health restrictions, so these interviews were a great…

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Planning advanced social media guide

Migratory Birds for People and Eurosite are teaming-up to produce an advanced guide to social media for wetland centres and nature reserve managers. We want your input now, to help make the guide as relevant as possible! MBP members, please take part in this 3-minute survey; let us know what you would like to learn…

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MBP Annual Meeting 2020

Our East Atlantic Flyway initiative, Migratory Birds for People, will hold an online annual meeting on 12 November 2020. Since we cannot travel to a member visitor centre to meet in person, we will have a different format but still meet the core needs of the network as best as the internet can offer. So,…

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Following Sandwich terns oversea

Wageningen Marine Research 31-May-2020 – How do Sandwich Terns fly over the North Sea and the Wadden Sea? And where exactly do they catch their fish? Scientists from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the University of Amsterdam are trying to map the flight and foraging behaviour of large Terns by equipping fifteen Texel birds…

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Finima Nature Park’s World Wetlands Day 2020

Finima Nature Park joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Wetlands Day 2020 through three days of events. Day One The event kicked off on the 29th of January, 2020 with a discussion session led by Miss Grace Alawa, a lecturer from the Department of Zoology, River State University of Science and Technology. Different stakeholders…

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