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Fascinating birds migration

EuroBirdwatch 2008

Over the past weekend, 50,000 adults and children from over 30 European countries took up EuroBirdwatch 2008, BirdLife’s invitation to observe the fascinating migration, as birds move south across Europe for the winter. BirdLife Partners across Europe were involved - from Portugal to Turkey; Malta to Norway - between them putting together 2,700 different events. 
And once again birds didn’t disappoint: attendees counted 2.3 million of them passing overhead.

EuroBirdwatch - BirdLife’s annual birdwatching event in Europe - works to raise awareness of the issues relating to bird migration, and promotes efforts needed to save threatened bird species and their habitats. For many BirdLife Partners the event provides an opportunity to reach new audiences and to attract potential supporters.

This year, BirdLife Partners organized various events to encourage people of all ages to go out, observe, explore and enjoy birds. At various observation posts at each event people counted birds and the collated records (including attendees) for each event and country were referred to a European Centre, coordinated by SOS/BirdLife Slovakia.Ornithological highlights included the first observation of the Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba in Estonia.

Over the 20 past years, Eurasian Starling Sturnus vulgaris has always been the number one in the list of observations in the Netherlands, but not this year, when there has been a massive movement of Eurasian Chaffinches Fringilla coelebs, probably from Sweden. In Lithuania a boat trip was organized for the first time in the Nemunas delta, in order to allow the public to better observe the migrating birds.

The most frequently observed species were Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris, Common Coot Fulica atra and Eurasian Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs. Notable accolades go to RBCU (BirdLife Russia) who coordinated 1,719 events; SEO/BirdLife Spain who drew in a fantastic 22,000 participants; and VBN (BirdLife The Netherlands), who counted 584,219 birds.

BirdLife International just closed its World Conservation Conference in Buenos Aires, where delegates from 112 countries agreed on a new four-year programme to strengthen the efforts to save bird species, protecting important sites and conserving their habitats. In 2009, BirdLife International will launch a new Flyway initiative on the European-African birds migration route.

4th July 2014