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Ornithology in Germany is a serious and very often professional business with very knowledgeable birders young and old. The general trend to an increase of interest in nature and the environment also holds true here, and the numbers of occasional birdwatchers is increasing all the time. But Germany has a long way to go until birding reaches the level of a Volkssport or national pastime as is the case in Holland and the UK.

The diverse landscape, and climate, offer a wide variety of birding from the paradise of the Wadden sea for ducks and waders, the woodland birds of the wide-ranging forests of Central Germany and the raptors and Mediterranean visitors of the Alps to the milder climes of Bavaria and Baden Wuerttemburg with the border inland sea of Lake Constance (Bodensee). The links below are arranged from the general to the particular: form the homepages of the larger nature organisation to local and private sites.

Top Sites

Deutsch-Belgischer Naturpark

Website

Satellite View

Anywhere in the Deutsch-Belgischer Naturpark in the Eiffel region South of Aachen and Cologne, especially the Ruhrsee just East of Heimbach is worth a visit. For example, in October it holds both Kites, 3 Buzzard species, Osprey and Storks all moving through and feeding/loafing about. The woods in and above the upper Ruhr valley south of Monschau are also very productive too.

National Parks

Germany has 13 National Parks, 17 Biosphere reserves (some identical with national parks) and 18 Nature Parks or nature reserves.

Contributor

Peter Wells

Contributed a Top Site

p.wells@zen.co.uk

David Conlin

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 490

Number of bird species: National Bird

White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Useful Reading

Collins Bird Guide

Lars Svensson (Author), Peter J Grant (Contributor), Killian Mullarney (Illustrator), Dan Zetterström (Illustrator), David A Christie (Translated by) | Harper Collins | Paperback | Mar 2010 | 392 pages | 3500 colour illustrations | 700 colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9780007268146

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Die Vogelstimmen Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens

Birdsong from all over Europe and beyond - booklet in German. 819 Vogelarten auf 17 Audio-CDs See: http://www.vogelstimmen.info

Feathered Goblins, Owls of the Black Forest, Germany

by Claus Koenig & Ingrid Koenig | CIK-Naturfilm | DVD | Dec 2007 |

ISBN: #173493

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

Maps

http://www.germany-tourism.de/
Good access to Provinces, cities etc

Rail Travel

http://www.bahn.de/pv/view/index.shtml
Getting about with the Deutsche Bahn. Rail services and timetables

Organisations

Birdlife International Deutschland (NABU - Naturschutzbund Deutschland)

Website

Equates to RSPB. Address: Herbert-Rabius-Str 26, D-53225 Bonn. Tel: +49 2284036166; claus.mayr@nabu.de

BUND (Friends of the Earth - Society for Environment and Nature Protection in Germany

Website

With branches at regional and local level throughout Germany

Club 300

Website

For German rarities - you have to join to get full directions etc. but without membership you get an overview and photos etc.

Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft

Website

The German Ornithologist`s Society (DO-G) is one of the world`s oldest existing scientific societies. The DO-G was founded in 1850. Its original goal - to support and further scientific ornithology on all levels - has remained unchanged…

Deutscher Rat fur Vogelschutz

Website

German Council for Bird Protection – equates roughly to BTO
Vogelwarte Radolfzell,Am Obstberg 1, D-78315 Radolfzell. +49 7732 150150; bauer@vowa.ornithol.mpg.de

Federation of German Avifaunists (Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. - DDA)

Website

The Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. (DDA) is an umbrella organisation for all German avifaunists. The website contains a wealth of information about the DDA and its monitoring programmes. Here you will find advice and information on bird registration and recording projects, some initial results and completed publications, details of competent local contacts or up to date avifaunistic information and schedules.
(translation by David Conlin translations@david-conlin.de)

German Bird Monitoring Trust

Website

A new German-wide trust inspired by the BTO and set-up with Jeremy Greenwood`s advice and moral support. Some English information is available. The Bird Monitoring Trust will coordinate and standardise data from all available sources in Germany…

German Ornithological Society (Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft)

Website

The oldest ornithological society in the world. Good ornithological background – equates roughly to BOU

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. (Committee against Bird Slaughter)

Website

Destruction of biotopes, wild bird trade, hunting, bird trapping and poaching pose a threat to wild bird populations around the globe. The Committee against Bird Slaughter runs international operations against this ruthless plundering of natural resources…

Ornithologischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bodensee - Bodensee or Lake Constance

Website

This Austrian/German/Swiss Working Group, consisting of field ornithologists, is primarily concerned with the analysis and preservation of the Bodensee/Lake Constance region. This includes regular stocktaking of breeding and visiting birds, the investigation of potential and actual threats and the execution of the resulting proposals.

World Wildlife Fund Germany

Website

Reserves

National Parks in Germany – Europarc Deutschland

Website

A great central site with interactive map links to all the 13 National Parks, 17 Biosphere reserves (some identical with national parks) and 18 Nature Parks or nature reserves.

Nature Parks - Birding in Westhavelland / Die Vogelwelt des Naturparks Westhavelland

Website

Home to hundreds of thousands of northern geese in winter and important staging area for waders and other waterfowl. A paradise for White Stork, and Black and Red Kite in summer. Healthy White-tailed Eagle population. Some of the last of the North European Great Bustard (Otis tarda) population can be found in the region (Displays on the leks at end of March).

Wetlands

Website

Germany presently has 31 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 828,931 hectares…

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2003 [August] Justin Jansen

Report

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria & Germany…

2010 [April] - John van der Woude - Northeast Germany

Report

…A reconnaissance of Northeast Germany seemed appropiate enough, after our previous trips in this corner of Europe. We knew we were too early for some true summer birds, but on the other hand we would have late winter birds and, more importantly, more raptors in the air and woodpeckers in the trees…

Guides & Tour Operators

Birding Berlin - Rolf Nessing

Information

Rolf offers field trips getting to know the urban bird life within the city of Berlin, as well as full day trips in the immediate vicinity of Berlin or further afield. There are 46 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) around Berlin as well as one IBA in the city itself (as at 2003). He knows most of them like the back of his hand…

Birding Pal

Tour Operator

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

National Park Tours

Tour Operator

Naturkundliche Reisen

Tour Operator

A German company offering nature tours in Turkey and around the world…

Rolf Nessing Birding tours in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Tour Operator

Rolf Nessing offers tailor-made single or several day guided bird tours of the bird life of Berlin City and the neighbouring states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, including the Baltic coast…

Forums & Mailing Lists

Birdline

Mailing List

To post to list: birdline@yahoogroups.com

List contact: birdline-owner@yahoogroups.com

To subscribe to list: birdline-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Mailing List – Discussion Group - Rare bird alerts for Europe and Western PalearcticURL to this page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/birdline

GBN - German Birdnet

Mailing List

List contact: majordomo@rrze.uni-erlangen.de

To subscribe to list: majordomo@rrze.uni-erlangen.de

To unsubscribe: empty

subscribe germanbirdnet

Discussion Group Discussion of birds in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, in German.

Other Links

Bird Song Identification

Website

The new Bestseller and standard work for learning to identify birds by their song! Bird song identification made easy! Quick audio-visual learning system…

Birder's Homepage - - Meine Vogelstimmen

Website

Bird calls & song and digitalfotos with wav-, mp3- und avi-files

Birder's Homepage - Allotments and Small Gardens

Website

Record of the development of birdlife in an allotment area in Berlin and notes on the importance of perimeter areas.

Birder's Homepage - Rudy's Birding Page

Website

Welcome to my homepage. This site is an information-page about everything that is linked to my favourite hobby: birdwatching! Surprisingly, even for me, that everything turned out to be mostly gulls!! So they deserve their own Gull-index. Which means my actual birding page is now pretty stagnant…

Birding Germany

Website

In German only but easy to use for information and tips on the best birding spots in Bavaria, the Lake Constance area and the Upper Rhine. Also contains information on the most sought-after species in Germany (divided in to songbirds and others) such as Crag Martin, Alpine Accentor, Wall Creeper, Black Stork, Golden Eagle and many more.

Birdwatching

Website

Links to many websites for birding in Germany…

Ornithologie

Website

Portal für Ornithologie, Vögel, Vogelkunde und Vogelbeobachtung mit allgemeinen Informationen und vielen Tips rund um das Thema Ornithologie….

Ornithos – An Ornithological Website

Website

The topics of this website are: Trip Reports, Feather Collection, Bird Gallery…

Roland Fiala – Bird Songs of Europe

Website

The bird songs of Europe…

Translation of Bird Names

Website

On this site you can find recent reports of Bavarian birds and other topics - full, informative and colourful. And with links to other local and German sites - information in English

Vivara Naturschutzprodukte

Website

Alle Produkte werden speziell auf die Ansprüche wild lebender Kleintiere wie Vögel, Igel oder Fledermäuse hin entwickelt und regelmäßig von Ornithologen und Biologen analysiert und getestet…

Vogelruf.de [Birdcall Germany ]

Website

Welcome to Birdcall Germany (vogelruf.de); one of the few general sites in Germany for birdwatchers and ornithologists! General information, projects, identifivation, TV programme tips, web cam, quiz, free stuff, and many useful links. Still developing. – Vogelruf is a Proact supporter.

Vogelschutz Online

Website

An online Magazine…

World Bird Index

Website

World Bird Index in German - The complete index of all the world’s birds including all subspecies. Over 27,000 kinds of bird live on our planet. Also all world mammals listed….

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Christopher Schmidt

Gallery

A brillaint wildlife illustrator - this site is well worth a lengthy surfing session! [Fatbirder]

Die Vogel Europas

Gallery

Photographs of he Birds of Europe…

Illustrator - Gina Mikel

Gallery

Wildlife artist and scientific illustrator…

Photographer - Günther Degenfelder

Gallery

Excellent photographs including some from Norfolk in UK…

Photographer - Hans Schick

Gallery

A Collection of Bird Pictures obtained by Digiscoping…

Photographer - Johannes Ferdinand - Bird Lens

Gallery

Bird Lens | Images for Science & Public | Western Palaearctic & the World

Photographer - John Kyed - Jky Foto

Gallery

John Kyed’s nature photos including many birds in the hand…

Photographer - Thomas Plack

Gallery

Some great bird photos on this growing site…

Photographer – Peter Hering - Vögel auf Föhr

Gallery

Excellent bird photos from Germany…

Webcam - Free-Live

Webcam

Our club has the purpose to give you an exciting view of the local world of animals. For this we use modern technologies and install internet livecams in places normally hidden from human views. The infrastructure is constantly developing…