Europe and Central Asia

Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1991
3500 members
Staff: 45
ul. Odrowaza 24, Marki, PL, 05-270
Tel. +48 22 761 82 05; Fax +48 22 761 90 51

Mission of the organisation

  • to protect birds and their habitats
  • to estabilish and manage new bird reserves
  • to lobby local authorities for the promotion and protection of Important Bird Areas
  • to promote knowledge of birds and their life
  • to prevent human activities which harm nature
  • to support nature-friendly land-use
  • to support research for bird protection
  • to support the birdwatching movement

Key Activities


  • Important Bird Area (IBA) conservation programme
  • Karsiborska Kepa: a long-term program to maintain the habitat of water birds, and Aquatic Warbler Beka protection programme
  • Campaign for the protection of the Vistula Valley
  • Campaign for the protection of the Bialowieza Primeval Forest


  • World Bird Watch: an event for all OTOP's members. 20 new members joined OTOP
  • Local meeting of local OTOP groups


  • OTOP Bird School: 20 participants from all over Poland
  • Ptakolub:150 minutes during the year of the magazine program on Polish Television, Channel One

Recent Achievements


  • Campaigned for the protection of Bialowieza National Park, a relic of Europe's natural lowland forest
  • Implemented the official management plan for Beka Reserve, an important saltmarsh site for waders, particularly Dunlins of the race schinzii
  • Continued to monitor and manage the OTOP reserve, Karsiborska Kepa, a breeding ground for the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler
  • Collected data along three adjacent rivers located in the coastal zone for the Baltic Sea Project
  • Campaigned for increased protection of the Vistula River, which is threatened by a development scheme
  • Undertook a programme, in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Development, on field monitoring of nature protection as part of the preparation for accession of Poland to the EU
  • Continued to expand membership: currently there are just over 2,000 members, half of whom are below the age of 24

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