Learning map!

In 2019 we celebrated ten years of cooperation by creating a big map for educators to bring into schools to help children discover the East Atlantic Flyway.

The design encourages guided learning for children and adults, and provides space for centres to talk about their own species as well as the five key species printed on the map.

low-res version of the map

The five species are:

  • Osprey
  • black-tailed godwit
  • common tern
  • Eurasian spoonbill
  • red knot

We have printed copies of the map, on fabric 1.5 x 2 metres, at WWT Slimbridge and we can send you these on request for €100.

We can also share a folder with design files which you can adjust and print locally as you wish; contact Connor Walsh at WWT for access.

Guidebook

We also collaborated to produce a guide to using the map. Together we put together 12 activities for schools and communities using the maps. We have included templates for some of the games, and bird shapes to print and colour-in.

You can also get to know the wetland centres which host the species on the map. All told the guide runs to nearly 70 pages.

We know that in some places you may prefer to print a paper copy, rather than rely on computer access. With this in mind we have designed it to print efficiently. For example, you can select just the parts with activities to print, and not use too much ink and paper on the photographs.

Group photo with a map
Collaborators see the map for the first time, at the MBP annual meeting 2019

See the map in use on World Migratory Bird Day 2020!

A huge thank-you to all the MBP member centre staff and volunteers who contributed their expertise, experience, and knowledge to this project!

Additional resources

Satellite photos of MBP sites

Where are the birds now? Find out by asking on the MBP WhatsApp group or with third-party online resources such as the EuroBird Portal, or eBird (which requires registration).

Kids and teacher using map
Maison du Lac de Grand Lieu using the map with children

Sustainability

We had the map printed on a recyclable material rather than the more common PVC, which could result in plastic waste at wetland centres. The printing company was the UK-based Seacourt. If you print a copy locally, please try to have it printed on a recyclable or reusable material. We have also created support materials in digital form rather than paper. However we are designing it so that you can print a copy locally if you wish.