Natura 2000

An assessment of harmful effects to the environment is required whenever an experiment is conducted in or around a Natura 2000 area. Sovon can offer advice to support the assessment. 

Evaluation of effects
Sometimes it is sufficient to conduct a species inventory of the area, so that potential negative effects can be ruled out. When these effects cannot be excluded, further investigation is necessary to catalogue the negative effects and recommend methods of mitigation or compensation (appropriate assessment).

Our expertise

Sovon has plenty of experience in the application of bird data with projects in the environments surrounding Natura-2000 areas. Our data was vital in the designation of Natura 2000 areas in the Netherlands. We advise the government in the use of the data and keep the data up-to-date.

Likewise, we provide supplementary monitoring and targeted research. Furthermore, with respect to policy question we deliver supporting advise; for example, the potential effects of social events in or close to Natura-2000 areas. Due to our expertise with bird population and distribution trends as well as years of field experience we are the foremost to assist you with your projects.


Importance of Natura-2000

Natura 2000 was created to protect endangered species and vulnerable habitats following the Bird and Habitat Directive. According to a large-scale research project lead by Alterra, in which Sovon participated, other species have also benefitted from the European network of protect areas.