Management guidelines

Mitigation and data collection strategies for avian influenza in bird colonies in the Wadden Sea

This document has been developed to guide site managers (including wardens and rangers), bird counters, researchers and other people that will get in contact with colonially breeding birds in the Wadden Sea. The guide provides advice on several topics such as management options, research and monitoring needs, and not the least, what safety precautions need to be taken.

Training on waterbird monitoring in Togo

February 2023, Togo

To successfully conduct the 2023 waterbird counts in Togo, the Government of Togo has requested support from the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative and Wetlands International in organizing a capacity building training workshop for the national waterbird monitoring team in Togo.

Building capacities of local NGOs and early-career biologists in the Central Moroccan Atlantic and Cap Blanc

Morocco, 2023

Morocco is part of several bird migration routes between Europe and tropical Africa, providing key stopover sites for millions of birds. The southern coastline between Dakhla and Lagouira (Cap Blanc) is numerically one of the most important wintering sites for waders along the East Atlantic Flyway, supporting hundred-thousands of waders during the northern winter.

Report reviews success of the 2022 East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum

 Encouraged by the experience at the first East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum (EAFYF) held in 2021, the organising team from Youth Engaged in Wetlands, the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, and the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative organised a fundraising training for EAFYF 2022, building on the outcomes of the first forum. The aim was to increase the youths’ capacity to write successful grant proposals to raise money for their conservation projects. A progress report on the EAFYF 2022 and related activities has now been published.

HPAI outbreak in Sandwich terns in 2022

Online, October 2022

The breeding season of 2022 was characterised by a massive outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among Sandwich terns (Thalasseus sandvicensis) in the North Sea region. In October 2022, the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) organized an online workshop to discuss the possible drivers of the outbreak, its consequences on Sandwich tern populations and future management options.

WSFI strategic framework 2022-2029

December 2022, Wilhelmshaven
WSFI partners and signatories are called upon to develop collaborative project ideas and work plans for the implementation of activities under this new strategic framework.

Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day in southern Benin

2022, Benin
For World Migratory Bird Day, our partners in Benin organised informative and engaging lectures and a treasure hunt for young people to raise awareness for the concept of bird migration and the threats they face along their journey.

Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day at Tissana point, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone, 2022

The Sierra Leone Nature Guides Association (SLNGA) celebrated World Migratory Bird Day in October 2022 by organising a birdwatching trip to Tissana point along the Youri Bay coastal reserve area. The aim of this initiative was to strengthen a new network of committed Nature tour guides, birdwatching lovers and nature clubs who were keen to share their passion with the locals, especially the young people.

Light pollution in the Wadden Sea

Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) can have negative effects on many nocturnally migrating bird species. This short, animated video explains the effects of ALAN on birds and illustrates how everyone can help minimize light pollution.

Quality Status Report 2022- East Atlantic Flyway

The Wadden Sea Quality Status Report (QSR) is an online conglomeration of thematic reports on the Wadden Sea, including islands and offshore areas. The report on the East Atlantic Flyway provides an important assessment of the status and trends of the East Atlantic flyway populations. 

East Atlantic Flyway FR

In January 2020, over 13,000 people counted migratory waterbirds at more than 1,000 sites in 36 countries along the East Atlantic Flyway. Some key findings are displayed in this A2 poster.

2020 assessment of the East Atlantic Flyway

In January 2020, over 13,000 people counted migratory waterbirds at more than 1,000 sites in 36 countries along the East Atlantic Flyway. Some key findings are displayed in this A2 poster.

The status of coastal waterbird populations and their sites

In January 2020, over 13,000 people counted migratory waterbirds at more than 1,000 sites in 36 countries along the East Atlantic Flyway. The key findings have now been published in an extensive assessment report. 

Report On The Waterbirds Habitat Protection Project In Lobito, Angola

December 2021 to February 2022, Angola
To counter urban waste and degradation of the Caponte Mangrove site, a pilot project was implemented by Associação dos Defensores e Amigos do Ambiente (ADAMA).

Study on the hunting pressure during the dry season on waterbirds in the wetlands of southern Benin

February 2022, Benin
This study concerns the areas around Lake Nokoué, the Sô River and the coastal lagoons of Benin, from Cotonou to Grand-Popo via Ouidah.