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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.

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Top Sites

Deutsch-Belgischer Naturpark


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.


Peter Wells

Contributed a Top Site


David Conlin

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 490

Number of bird species: National Bird

White Stork Ciconia ciconia


iGoTerra Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web

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

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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 |

Useful Information

Consumer Product Guide - Binoculars (Reviews and Shop)

Die Fernglas Agentur ist eine unabhängige Ratgeberseite rund um die Themen Fernglas, Spektiv und Zubehör. (The binoculars Agency is an independent advisor page on the topics of binoculars, spotting scopes and accessories.)


Good access to Provinces, cities etc

Rail Travel

Getting about with the Deutsche Bahn. Rail services and timetables


Birdlife International Deutschland (NABU - Naturschutzbund Deutschland)


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


With branches at regional and local level throughout Germany

Club 300


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


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


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)


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


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)


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

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


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


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



Abbreviations Key

National Parks in Germany – Europarc Deutschland


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


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).



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

Forums & Mailing Lists


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


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

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

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Berlin - Rolf Nessing


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…


Tour Operator

Why do more and more birders choose to travel with birdingtours? Because it is the German specialist for bird watching trips. Our qualified tour guides are ornithological experts with whom you enjoy a unique natural experience. With a group of like-minded people you will see more and learn more. Our trips are characterised by good organisation, good accommodation and local specialties...

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…

Trip Reports

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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.

2010 [04 April] - John van der Woude - Northeast Germany


…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…

2014 [10 October] - Johan Schaerlaeckens

PDF Report

In German

2015 [08 August] - Julian Bell - Rhine Valley


Although this was essentially a non-birding holiday there were still quite a few birds to see. Along the river Black Kite were numerous and obviously feeding young - their calls were often the first sign of their presence and they were regularly seen fishing. Other notable sightings (at least for a birder from UK/Norway) included Bee eaters, a flock of Garganey, Black Terns, White Stork and a decent variety of raptors.

Other Links

Bird Song Identification


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


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

Birder's Homepage - Allotments and Small Gardens


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


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


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.



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

Ornithos – An Ornithological Website


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

Roland Fiala – Bird Songs of Europe


The bird songs of Europe…

Translation of Bird Names


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


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…

Vogelschutz Online


An online Magazine…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Christopher Schmidt


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

Die Vogel Europas


Photographs of he Birds of Europe…

Illustrator - Gina Mikel


Wildlife artist and scientific illustrator…

Photographer - Günther Degenfelder


Excellent photographs including some from Norfolk in UK…

Photographer - Hans Schick


A Collection of Bird Pictures obtained by Digiscoping…

Photographer - Johannes Ferdinand - Bird Lens


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

Photographer - Thomas Plack


Some great bird photos on this growing site…

Photographer – Peter Hering - Vögel auf Föhr


Excellent bird photos from Germany…

Webcam - Free-Live


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…