The Migratory Landbirds Study Group (MLSG)

Checking for age and moult. Photo: Danae Sheehan of RSPB

Inaugural MLSG meeting in Wilhelmshaven to connect researchers working on migrant landbirds in the African-Eurasian flyways region

The Migratory Landbirds Study Group (MLSG) is a new initiative with links to the African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP). Once fully established, the MLSG will facilitate an international network of specialists and organisations involved in research, monitoring and conservation of migratory landbird species. It will be run on a voluntary basis by researchers, and will contribute to a clearing house function of collecting, consolidating and distributing migratory landbirds conservation-related research and monitoring information in the Action Plan area.

Ringing the Wood Warbler (Photo: Danae Sheehan of RSPB)

The group’s inaugural meeting, themed ‘Migratory landbirds: research, monitoring and conservation’ will take place 26th to 28th March 2014 at the Institute for Avian Research in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Rather than being a conference to showcase advances in research, the meeting format will facilitate themed workshops that focus on identifying research synergies, building research networks and identifying key knowledge gaps, particularly those that are necessary to advance conservation action for this suite of species.

Vital water souce (Photo: Bernd de Bruijn of VBN)











Much like the already well established International Wader Study Group (IWSG), the new MLSG will connects researchers – amateur and professional – with interests in migratory landbirds.

The MLSG’s aims are to:

  • Maintain contact between both amateurs and professionals studying migratory landbirds;
  • Help organise international co-operative studies;
  • Provide a vehicle for exchange of information on migratory landbirds and their biology;
  • Promote scientific capacity building throughout the flyway (especially in Africa).

Additionally, by building on existing linkages with the CMS and AEMLAP, the MLSG will support a conservation-based research agenda, including the facilitation of collaborative and interdisciplinary studies across the Africa-Eurasia flyway.

Though participation at this inaugural meeting is restricted to only 80 participants, it is hoped that research interests from across the Africa-Eurasia flyway will be represented. Participants will be required to cover their own costs of attendance.

Further details and registration information can be found HERE