The aim of Natagora is together with Natuurpunt, the second Belgian BirdLife Partner, to protect the remaining nature in Belgium through buying and managing land, protecting species, running awareness programs for a general and specific public and lobbying local and regional governments.
Following the federal structure of Belgium, two BirdLife Partners are active in Belgium. In Flanders and Brussels, the Dutch-speaking region, all activities are carried out by the NGO Natuurpunt. Natuurpunt has 130,000 members. In Wallonia and Brussels, the French-speaking region, Natagora was founded in 2003 by Réserves Naturelles RNOB and Aves, Société d’études Ornithologiques, to join forces on communications, education and conservation policy. Natagora is supported by 26,000 members.
Bringing together bird enthusiasts from across Europe and Central Asia, EuroBirdwatch 2023 soared to new heights as the largest European birdwatching event to date. Over the course of a single weekend, more than 15,000 birdwatchers gathered to witness the journey of over 3.52 million birds as they embarked on their southward migration to their wintering destinations. 34 BirdLife Partners organized a staggering 770 different events, with SOS/BirdLife Slovakia at the helm to gather, assess and publish this invaluable data.
As we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, globally united under this year’s theme of water and wetlands, let us embark on a journey to restore and safeguard the habitats that these incredible globe-trotters rely on. From vast marshes to petite ponds, these havens come in all shapes and sizes.