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Eurobirdwatch: on the 4-5 October the miracle of bird migration

EuroBirdwatch – BirdLife’s biggest birdwatching event in Europe and Central Asia – will take place this year on the weekend of 4-5 October.

BirdLife International invites people in Europe to take the opportunity on 4/5 October 2014 to discover the fascinating world of bird migration.

This year, the national partners of BirdLife International of 37 countries in Europe and Central Asia invite people to observe the birds and hear interesting facts about bird migration and threats they face during their journeys.

People will find observation and information posts where everyone can share the knowledge on migratory birds and their flyways. In Europe some hundreds of activities are planned.

The European Birdwatch is an annual event comprising hundreds of nationally organised activities. On these observation posts the number of birds and participating people are counted and reported via the national centres to the European centre.

Last year around 65,000 people took part in 34 countries and more then 4 million birds were observed on this single weekend. In 2014 the event is coordinated by Natur&ëmwelt (BirdLife partner in Luxembourg), which is acting as the European Centre to process these data.

Created in 1993, EuroBirdwatch aims to give the opportunity to the youngest as well as the oldest, to confirmed nature lovers as well as the simply curious, to observe the unique migration of birds and to promote efforts to save threatened bird species and their habitats.  As they have done every year on the first weekend of October since its inception, BirdLife national Partners across Europe and Central Asia will be organising a wide variety of activities and events.

One of the most spectacular is organized by The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS) in Gibraltar.
The public is invited to join GONHS at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens on the morning of Saturday the 4th of October to enjoy bird ringing, moth trapping, the highly popular bird of prey and hopefully watching some bird migration.



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