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.

Adil hands many binoculars to Ibrahim

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 are adding a second volume of more advanced questions.

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. You can download a free guidebook of activities, compiled by the network.

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

WLI Update, June 2015

Ramsar COP12 results The 12th Ramsar Conference took place from the 2nd to the 9th of June, and gave WWT the opportunity to become the 6th IOP (International Organisation Partner) as well as adopting an updated CEPA resolution, which includes several commitments to using wetland centres as a means to raising awareness of wetlands. The…

WLI update, May 2015

    New Partners  We have two new Russian partners, Kronotsky and Gydansky, welcome to the WLI network. Ramsar COP12 The 12th Ramsar Conference starts on Monday the 1st of June in Uruguay, bringing together many of the 168 signatory countries. It is an opportunity to revise progress of Ramsar, agree a new strategic plan and…

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WLI Update March 2015

WLI Update March 2015 New Partners Welcome to US partners from Driftless Area Wetlands Center and John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, both part of our US-Russia exchange programme. Migratory Birds for People meeting Our recent meeting at Oostvaardersplassen was a great success: a group of ten of us worked on identifying short and long term…

MBP newsflash

Dear colleagues, We would like to inform you briefly about the recent developments in the “Migratory Birds for People”- network. The annual MBP-meeting in 2015 will take place on the 14th and 15th of September at the bird centre in Urdaibai/Spain. Please put this date already into your calendar! MBP is on Facebook! Anyone in…

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WLI News August 2014

New Partners California Waterfowl Association, US; Holmen Wetland Centre, Norway. MBP Annual Meet 2014 (Europe) There is still time to register for the Migratory Birds for People (MBP) annual meeting, this year hosted by our colleagues at the Camargue in the south of France.  We will be focussing on practical next steps for this East…

Migratory Birds for People – New Poster

The Migratory Birds for People group have produced a new promotional poster that can be adapted to any wetland centre along the West Atlantic Flyway.  Check our MBP pages to take a look, or contact Chris Rostron for a publisher version that can be used with your own logos and information.

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