Europe and Central Asia

Swedish Ornithological Society (SOF)

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1945
16000 members
Staff: 17
Stenhusa Gård, Mörbylånga, SE, SE-380 62
+46 485 44440

Mission of the organisation

Three goals of equal importance:

  • Bird conservation
  • To carry out investigation and documentation
  • To promote interest in birds and birdwatching

Key Activities

  • Run conservation issues, both national and partly-international
  • Publish three magazines and various books
  • Run the Ottenby Bird Observatory and a Nature Centre at the same spot (c.200, 000 visitors every summer)
  • Sell books and binoculars in the society's nature bookshop
  • Support 24 regional branches
  • Invititation to travel with the SOF-travel agency;
  • Carry out inventories at different levels, with focus on a single species, area or as monitoring;
  • Run and improve Homepage;
  • Undertake of bird reporting through a new web-based reporting system;
  • Serve as a partner within BirdLife, and as such give support work to Latvia;
  • Run activities for younger birdwatchers.

Recent Achievements

  • Developed a monitoring system for forest birds, such as Three-toed Woodpecker, Marsh Tit and Willow Tit
  • The following species were awarded protection from hunting: Pintail, Shoveller, Coot and Common Snipe
  • During the annual Honey Buzzard Day funds were raised for production of a children’s bird book in Malta, a conservation project carried out by the Maltese BirdLife partner
  • The development of an electronic, internet-based bird reporting system The Swallow used by thousands of Swedish birders to report sightings
  • Worked with the BirdLife Partner in Latvia to establish eight regional groups
  • With assistance published the first of three volumes of a national ringing recovery atlas

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