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State of Birds 2024

The State of Birds in Switzerland

The annual publication “The State of Birds in Switzerland” summarises the results of our various monitoring projects, conducted with the support of more than 2,000 volunteers in all parts of the country. Among other themes, the 2024 report examines ways to promote biodiversity in farmland. It also highlights the role of the Alps as an ark of the Anthropocene.

Headlines

Breeding birds

Switzerland – the place to be?

Europe’s breeding birds are under pressure. Estimates suggest that there are over half a billion fewer birds on the continent than in 1980, which corresponds to a decline in the breeding bird popul...
Winter visitors

Habitat niches in shallow-water zones

The first thing that comes to mind for many when hearing the term «waterbird census» is «counting ducks». It is true that, on average, ducks make up a little more than half of all waterbirds overwi...

Breeding birds

The long-term population trends of breeding birds in Switzerland are extremely well documented thanks to various monitoring schemes. The objective of these countrywide surveys is to gain an overview of the current distribution and population sizes of Swiss birds and to keep track of changes. Having access to such detailed knowledge for a whole group of animals is unique even in Switzerland. Internationally, few monitoring schemes exist that have such dense spatial coverage for so many species.

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Migrants

Observing migrating birds and researching migration has a long tradition for our volunteer collaborators as well as for the Swiss Ornithological Institute. Our goal is to document migration, identify changes and make data available to support conservation efforts. To achieve this, various sections of the Swiss Ornithological Institute, but also ringing teams and work groups are involved in projects that are often long-term. Birds that are stopping over or in active migration make up just under half of all records submitted by volunteers on ornitho.ch and entered into the Swiss Ornithological Institute’s database. Thanks to these efforts, migration and the occurrence of passage migrants in Switzerland are better documented than ever before.

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Winter visitors

With its many lakes and rivers, Switzerland is an important wintering site for waterbirds. Accordingly, population and distribution monitoring during the winter focuses on this group. For decades, waterbirds have been counted twice every winter on all important sections of rivers and lakes. Switzerland has an international responsibility for several species. Many other species that are not dependent on waterbodies are surveyed via the project “Monitoring rare breeding and visiting birds”, as are migrants.

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International news

Sound knowledge of the distribution, population sizes and trends of birds in Europe and beyond is indispensable when it comes to evaluating the situation of breeding and visiting birds in Switzerland. We therefore collaborate closely with institutions in other European countries as well as with international organisations in the areas of monitoring and assessment. The Swiss Ornithological Institute is actively involved in several European projects.

Projects

Publications

Report 2024

The annual publication “The State of Birds in Switzerland” summarises the results of our various monitoring projects, conducted with the support of more than 2000 volunteers in all parts of the country.

Recommended citation State of Birds 2023 online:

Strebel, N., S. Antoniazza, N. Auchli, S. Birrer, R. Bühler, T. Sattler, B. Volet, S. Wechsler & M. Moosmann (2024): The State of Birds in Switzerland : Report 2024 www.vogelwarte.ch/state. Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach.

Research

Status of bird species

We analyse and assess the situation and development of bird life in Switzerland.

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