DO YOU THINK THAT SPRING ALIVE SPECIES ARE THREATENED?
Although most of the species you can see above are common birds in Europe, and their populations are numerous and widespread, there are threats to these Messengers of Spring. For example, the Stork population declined during the second half of the twentieth century. This was mainly due to climate change, the draining of marshland and the use of agricultural pesticides.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ONE DAY ALL THESE BIRDS WILL DISAPPEAR FROM EUROPE?
If man does not take proper care of them and their habitats, these very popular and interesting birds may disappear from our towns and countryside. The intensive use of farmland, draining of wetlands and climate change will all prove very dangerous to some common European birds. Conserving and helping wildlife is important today if we want to still be able to appreciate it tomorrow.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THESE BIRDS?
Anyone can help birds, whatever their age, by supporting national conservation actions, building nestboxes or feeding birds. Please check the information on how to help individual species by clicking on the pictures below.
If you live in an area where White Storks still live and breed, you should take care of their breeding and feeding places.
Storks like to build their nests on the top of high buildings, tree etc. If you want to attract the Stork to your neighbourhood, you can build a nest platform for them, with the help of adults of course. But remember to contact your national BirdLife partner to get information on how to prepare such a platform.
You can also support non-intensive and sustainable farming - which is bird-friendly - and the conservation of stork habitat by joining you national BirdLife partner.
Forunately the European population of Swallows is quite stable at present, but in order to keep it that way we have to ensure that their habitats are protected.
Do not remove a Swallow's nest if you find one near your house or other buildings. Just leave it alone and let the adult Swallows raise their young undisturbed. We should avoid the use of chemicals and pesticides - especially on farms. The insects are the Swallow's dinner!!
To help conserve the Swallow and other farmland bird species. you can support sustainable farming by joining your national BirdLife Partner.
You can help Swifts by helping to preserve their nesting sites. It is important that as building work is carried out that Swifts are not excluded from their traditional nesting sites. Everyone from individuals to local authorities can make a difference.
If you are really concerned about the Swifts you can alert local authorities about proposed demolition of conversion of old properties such as hospitals, mills and warehouses so that representations can be made to the owners, developers, architects , builders and local planning authorities.
You can also create access for Swifts into your roof by leaving or creating small holes, or you can hang a Swift nestbox.
You can either make a nestbox yourself or buy a ready made one. Please contact your national BirdLife Partner to get the information on how to build a proper box for Swifts.
You can help protect the Cuckoo and other woodland bird species by taking part in local conservation actions. Doing this will help stop habitat loss in you area. Tell your friends about the cuckoo and encourage them to join the conservation community as well. Join your national BirdLife Partner.