210508. Germany’s biggest bird count – your message counts! What has become a popular leisure activity for British nature lovers for many decades, NABU and its Bavarian partner LBV have also been setting up in Germany for twelve years now. In addition to the joy of bird watching, the focus is on practical tips, information on native bird species and gardens as habitats.
Why is bird data needed? Many feel that we used to enjoy the song of the wren, song thrush or starling more often. Are our fears based on fact, or are we glorifying the supposed “good old days”? The aim is to find out with the help of as many observers as possible. This type of reserach is called “Citizen Science”. With precise knowledge about the native birds can we effectively protect them from danger. The success of our work therefore always depends on people who want to get involved and help nature.
Taking part is easy, whether as a family or on your own: simply spend an hour counting the birds in your garden and report the numbers online or by post. You can find a counting guide here. Your data and those of thousands of other nature lovers will provide answers to questions about the decline in populations of our bird species. The nationwide long-term study helps to identify environmental changes. By the way: There is also something to win!