Birds in the Netherlands

How are the birds in the Netherlands doing? Nation-wide bird censuses have provided Sovon with insights into the population developments of bird species within the Netherlands as well as their changes in distribution and the development within important areas for birds such as the Natura 2000-areas.

Guidelines monitoring


For many species there are specific guidelines that needs to be followed while monitoring. Next to the trend information on every species page, there is a tab labeled ‘monitoring directives’.

Help improve our understanding of birds

Help us count the birds in the Netherlands. There are all kinds of surveys, as different surveys are needed throughout the year. Some take a lot of time, while others are quicker. Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, there will be a surveying project that works for you.