Sovon, Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology

Sovon, Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, is organising monitoring of wild bird populations in the Netherlands and carries out research to study population demography in bird populations. Results of censuses and research projects are used for nature management policies, management plans en spatial planning.

Sovon is working in close cooperation with governmental bodies, universities and several other institutions. Survey fieldwork is mainly carried out by about 8,000 dedicated amateur bird watchers.

This website gives some general information about the organisation of Sovon and its work. It focuses on results of the various surveys and censuses and reports or papers published by Sovon staff. Some specific pages on the dutch version might have an english translation too. For any other enquiries please contact one of the relevant staff members directly or contact Sovon via