New interactive maps let users follow birds across Europe in real time


New interactive maps let users follow birds across Europe in real time

13 April 2019
Today, the live version of the LIVE EuroBirdPortal (EBP) viewer was released.

Now up-to-date bird movements that take place across Europe are just one click away.

The ‘LIVE EBP’ viewer shows the distribution of 105 bird species on weekly animated maps spanning from January 2010 up to the current week. This is an unprecedented development in European ornithology and a landmark in the mobilisation of citizen science data which includes the participation of more than 22 European BirdLife partners stretching from Norway to all the way down to the Mediterranean.

The whole content is updated on a daily basis with the information collected by the EBP partner's online bird portals: ~120,000 new bird records per day, amounting to an astonishing ~45 million new bird records every year).

An EU LIFE grant has made possible the mobilisation of such a huge quantity of information in near real-time. Thanks to the development of the new central EBP database repository and an automatic data-flow system, 15 15 different online bird recording systems (99.2% of the whole EBP data) are connected to the central database. Following Swallows and Cuckoos as they undertake their journeys through Europe is now a reality.

Ivan Ramirez, BirdLife Europe Head of Conservation, said “This is a huge success for citizen science. You can now pick a species and see its migration in real time. Kudos to all of the EuroBirdPortal partners who have made this possible and especially to the broad contributions of BirdLife partners.We especially salute the EU’s LIFE project for making this truly European project come to life by going LIVE!” 

Gabriel Gargallo, EBP project coordinator, said: “Bird movements have always fascinated people. Where are the swallows now? Can I expect to hear my first cuckoo soon? With the LIVE EBP viewer, we are very happy to be able to show bird movements across the continent, freely accessible to anyone and in near real time.