Connecting wetland centres across the world

Migratory Birds for People Programme

The Migratory Birds for People (MBP) programme is about 30 wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa, in a network that follows the migratory route 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 a MBP strategy plan and the MBP Mission that will help you understand what the programme aims to do, an MBP work plan, 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 more details.

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!

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.

News from MBP members

Annual Meeting 2020

We are holding our 2020 meeting online, on 12 November. We will share access details here and in the MBP emails. All MBP members are welcome to contribute with updates on their situation this past year, plans for next year, or calls for cooperation in the network. Get in touch if you would like to participate!

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

Last year’s 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. We also have a Facebook and Instagram page, please ‘like’ MBP if you are interested!

In additional, we send occasional MBP email updates via the MailChimp platform, under MailChimp privacy terms. Sign up for these emails here.

Finally, we have a promotional video created by a volunteer of ours, which you can find in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Basque, German, Luxembourgish, Swedish, Portuguese, Finnish  and Dutch. 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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