About Birdingplaces.eu

As you may have experienced yourself, it is quite difficult to get good birding information throughout Europe. Certainly if you are not familiar in an area. Where to watch birds? They send you to the oddest places at the tourist office. Even local people most of the time haven’t got a clue. They simply have no idea what birders are looking for. Yes, they can sometimes point out the national parks to you. But those you will find by yourself anyway.

No more endless research

Of course experienced birdwatchers can figure out where many birds have been seen through websites such as Ornitho, E-Bird or Observado. But these often give no more than a vague indication where you have to be. So most of the time you have to do endless research. Because how do you find that beautiful viewpoint or that small wetland? Where can you park your car? Which road should you follow? Can you make a circular walk? Do you need a telescope? How far do you need to walk? Are there any bird-watching hides and if so, where are they located? Which birdhotspots shouldn't you miss?

Birdingplaces.eu will drastically improve this

We give birders the opportunity to find and share birdingplaces all over Europe. With all the details you need for some fine hours of birding. The idea behind Birdingplaces.eu is that as a birdwatcher you help your fellow birders from other regions or countries, by sharing this kind of information. In that way we all can enjoy the thousands of birding gems scattered all over Europe.

Help us to fill the map and share your favourite birdingspots with us. Thousands of birders from all over Europe are already joining. And you will benefit yourself from all the birdingplaces your fellow birders add on the website. #EnjoyAndProtect!


  • > Is not commercially orientated. We have only one main sponsor to cover the costs of building and maintaining the website. We are proud that Leica is supporting us in this way.

  • > Is made by and for birders and is free of use.

  • > Wants to introduce the fun of birdwatching to a wider audience and by doing so raising support for the protection of birds.

  • > Wants to contribute to the protection of birds in Europe by raising awareness of the importance of good protection of natural areas. Our slogan is #EnjoyAndProtect!

  • > Encourages users to support BirdLife or become a member or donor of their national BirdLife-partner.

  • > Monitors all information on the website on sensitive data. If we think disturbance of vulnerable or endangered bird species might occur, we remove the information from the website.

  • > Can be used both at home and on location. For example, when you arrive in the area, you can open the map of the area in question on your phone and you can easily follow the set route.

Help us make Birdingplaces.eu better

If you have any suggestions how to make Birdingplaces.eu better for birders, please let us know!

Win Leica Optics

Together with Leica we organize give-aways and competitions. Here you can find the winners of the 'Go in and Win' give-away of 2020. Or check out the new 'Bird Migration Competition' that we just started. You can win a fantastic Leica Televid Spotting Scope!

These people make Birdingplaces work

  • > Team Birdingplaces: Bas Engels, Louise Prévot, Elodie Le Quellec, Juan Gallego Zamorano, Anders Larsson, Thomas Büttel, Massimo Grion, Krzysztof Tokaj, Joao Amado, Chris van der Heijden

  • > Web building by Bram Linssen Web Developement.

  • > Web design by Bas Reijnen

  • > The maps we use on Birdingplaces are built with the support of Mapbox Community

  • > Photography by Jankees Schwiebbe (www.birdphoto.nl), Pedro Monteiro, Klaas de Jong, Wolfgang Muller, Martijn Verdoes, Aron Tanti, Ray Galea, Frank Dhermain, Steven Schulting, Axel Kirby, Sasja van Vechgel, Andrew W. Clarke, Ray Hennessy, Marnix Roels, Bernhard Herren, Petar Iankov, John Cantelo, J. Vreekamp, Raúl Marín, Lasse Olsson (www.birding.se), Ergün Cengiz, Herbert Bödendorfer, Peter Zeller, Andrés Rojas Sánchez, Tsilianidis Saky, Joao Amado, Christian Brinkman, Thiemo Karwinkel, Bernhard Sammler, Maurizio Sighele, Horacio Matarasso, Murat Kocas, Tom Cadwallender, Howard King, Bosalman, Peter Watthy, MPF, Brendan Doe, Lars Soerink (www.vildaphoto.net), Christer Sundström 

  • > Illustration bee-eater on homepage by Karin Seelen