NABU and LGW: who sings in gardens and parks? / From 13 to 15 May, the …


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Piep, Tschilp, Tirili: for weeks the birds in the gardens and parks have been offering us their spring concerts. The weekend from 13 to 15 May will show which species and how many there are that delight us with their singing, especially in the morning: NABU, together with the State Association for the Protection of Birds (LGW) and NAJU, call the 18 “L ‘time of the garden birds “on.

“The more people participate, the better our ornithologists can assess the status of the bird populations in our settlements,” says Leif Miller, federal chief executive of the NABU. “More than 140,000 people attended last year and they recorded over 3.1 million birds from over 95,000 gardens.” Together with the sister campaign “Winter Bird Hour”, this is Germany’s largest practical science campaign.

The objective of the campaign is to monitor the progress of the shares over the years. Since “Garden Bird Hour” has been running since 2006, NABU ornithologists can already tap into a wide range of data. Miller notes that even people who know little about birds can take part in the campaign. “Our counting aid makes recognition easier. We also offer our free NABU Vogelwelt app, which helps with identification.” It is also important to report your sightings, even if you found very few birds during the count. Miller: “This is also very important to us. It’s not a competition to see who sees the most birds, it’s about getting a realistic snapshot.”

The campaign also provides information on the breeding population, because the focus is on the species that breed here. Miller: “For example, the swallows, which returned from their winter quarters in Africa at the end of March. Unfortunately, their population has declined dramatically over the past few decades. The swallow is already on the early warning list and the house martin is already there. considered endangered. ”It is therefore important to design the garden and yard as a mini nature reserve: to encourage insects and create breeding opportunities in the home and garden. NABU provides tips on this at

And this is how bird counting works: from a quiet spot in the garden, in the park, on the balcony or from the window of the room, the highest number of each bird species is detected that has been observed simultaneously over a period of one. Now. Comments can best be reported online at, but also by post or telephone – toll-free on 14 May from 10:00 to 18:00: 0800-1157115. You can also use the free NABU Vogelwelt app, available at The deadline for entries is May 23rd.

Anyone who wants to practice ahead of time can find a lot of information on, including portraits of the 40 most common garden birds (, a bird trainer (https: // vogeltrainer. ) and bird species comparison maps am Commonly Confused. The current provisional data and the first results are available from the first counting day on and can be compared with previous years. For bird experts, NAJU has launched the “Garden Bird School Lesson” (May 16-20). Further information on this can be found at

Press photos, participation form and graphics to print:

With over 875,000 members and sponsors, NABU, founded in 1899, is the oldest environmental association in Germany and has the largest number of members. NABU is committed to preserving habitat and species diversity, climate protection and the sustainability of agriculture, forestry and water management. NABU’s central concerns also include the mediation of nature experiences and the promotion of knowledge of natural history. More information:

Press contact:

Martin Rümmler, NABU Bird Protection Expert, mobile: 0173-29 13 449,
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