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, an MBP workplan 2021-22, 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 West Africa. We also work with partners across Europe and Africa. Please see the contacts list for details.

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.

Newsletter, films, coordination and meetings

Regular newsletters are produced by Isabelle Zwick and Audrey Cadou. Please also check out the archive of more than a decde of newsletters produced by MBP co-founder Roelof Heringa.

They give updates on meetings, project development, and partner news: subscribe here. We also have a Facebook and Instagram page.

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.

Map of the Migratory Birds for People network

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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.

 

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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Flyway expeditions

We are supporting two expeditions on the East Atlantic Flyway: for Conservation Without Borders' Flight of the Osprey we are developing educational materials.

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.

Annual meetings

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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2022 East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum with fundraising focus

The EAFYF 2022 will be all about fundraising. On July 9 and 10, young people (aged 18 – 30) from the East Atlantic Flyway will be able to learn from Maaike Manten in a compressed online course on grant writing in conservation, and hear inspiring stories from fellow youth who have made their conservation plans…

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Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with francophone students!

This year, students from France (Olympe de Gouges College), will meet friends from Luxembourg (Ecole Centrale Remerschen). They’ve already prepared some informations about their schools, their habits, the way the manage to protect the environment. On Friday, the 6th of may 2022, they will meet, by a video conference, at 2 PM. Some students from …

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Connecting Birds and Schools in 2022

Do you know a school that would like to join a live video link-up for World Migratory Bird Day? In 2022 we want to run our unique video conferences in May and October. See previous examples We are partnering with Environment for the Americas, the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, and Migratory Birds for People, to…

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World Wetlands Day at Grand Lieu Lake

World Wetlands Day 2022: a programme of activities around the Grand-Lieu Lake For World Wetlands Day, more than 20 partners working around the Grand-Lieu Lake have gathered to prepare a lot of activities on the ‘Wetlands Action for People and Nature’ theme. The objective is to raise awareness among as many people as possible about…

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Youth call for flyway conservation

Under the theme ‘Taking off #ForNature from Africa to the Arctic’ young people from over 30 countries have come together for the first East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum. This Flyway Youth Forum explored challenges that migratory birds and their wetlands habitats are facing and discussed how greater communication and cooperation between youth and across generations can…

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MBP Annual Meeting 2021

Migratory Birds for People, the network of wetland visitor centres in the East Atlantic Flyway, held an active annual meeting in 2021, entirely online. Wetlands International West Africa had hoped to host the meeting in the Saloum Delta, but the changing COVID situation would have prevents most of the MBP members in Europe from participating.…

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