Spring Alive

Spring Alive is an international campaign to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds.

By posting their first sightings of Barn Swallow, White Stork, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, and European Bee-eater on the www.springalive.net website, children from Europe, Central Asia and Africa create a real-time map of the incredible journeys these birds take every year.

Each year, spring begins with a few scattered early sightings in warm countries, which are displayed as patches of pale pink on the Spring Alive map.

Over the next few months, as more sightings flood in, the colour spreads and deepens, until all the countries where these birds breed are a rich, glowing red,

Spring Alive began in 2006 as a European project, which soon spread to Central Asia. In 2010, Spring Alive was extended to Africa, where from September onwards children look out for the return of the same five species from their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia.

Creating the map remains the core activity. But Spring Alive now involves lots more indoor and outdoor events, to engage children, schools and the wider community in the conservation of migratory birds, and to encourage them to support their national BirdLife Partners.

In 2013, over 54,000 children, 900 teachers and supervisors, and 500 volunteers from 49 countries, recorded a total of 270,000 sightings of migratory birds on the Spring Alive website, and joined in a range of Spring Alive activities.

This year, with the announcement that Azerbaijan is joining, at least 50 countries will be taking part.

Spring Alive is organised by OTOP, the BirdLife Partner in Poland, on behalf of the BirdLife Partnership. Wildlife groups, teachers and others who would like to become more involved in Spring Alive should contact the International Coordinator, Karolina Kalinowska


Follow Spring Alive on YouTube and Flickr


Spring Alive National Coordinators

CountryNational Coordinator
ArmeniaTsovinar Hovhannisyan
AzerbaijanElchin Sultanov
BelarusAnna Trofimtchouk
B&HNermina Sarajlic
BulgariaAnna Staneva
BotswanaRandall Tseleng
Burkina FasoPrudence Tankoano
CameroonFerdinand Bengyella
CroatiaVedran Lucic
CyprusMaria Christodoulou
Czech RepublicLucie Hoskova
GhanaReuben Ottou
GreeceEvgenia Panoriou
Ireland Niall Hatch
ItalyLivia Speranza
KazachstanZhanna Aksartova
KenyaJoan Gichuki
LatviaDaiga Brakmane
LithuaniaGediminas Petkus
MacedoniaKiril Arsovski
MontenegroJelena Delic
HungaryLaszlo Kincses
MalawiAusward Bonongwe
NigeriaSolomon Adefolu
PolandHanna Rachwald
PortugalAlexandra Lopes 
RomaniaValentin Marin
RSAKristi Garland
RwandaKathy Umimani
SerbiaDrasko Grujic
Sierra LeoneAbraham Kailie 
SlovakiaJán Gúgh
SloveniaBarbara Vidmar 
SwitzerlandEva Inderwildi
SpainMiguel Muñoz Carmona
TurkeyAyşe Sargın
TunisiaClaudia Feltrup-Azafzaf
UgandaMichael Opige
UkraineZoryana Lukyanchuk
UzbekistanOleg Kashkarov
ZambiaVictor Siingma
ZimbabweFadzai Matsivimbo


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