DO YOU THINK THAT SPRING ALIVE! SPECIES ARE THREATENED?
Although most of the species you can see above are common birds in Europe, and their populations are numerous and widespread, there are some threats to the Spring Messengers. For example, the population of Storks suffered a big decline in second half of the twentieth century. This was mainly because of climatic changes, draining of marshlands and use of agricultural pesticides.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ONE DAY ALL THESE BIRDS WILL DISAPPEAR FROM EUROPE?
If people do not take proper care of them, and if we do not take care of the places where they live, these very popular and interesting birds may disappear from our towns and countryside. Intensive use of farmland, draining of wetlands, and climate change may all be very dangerous for European common birds. Conserving and helping wildlife is important today if we want to be able to still watch its wonders tomorrow.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THESE BIRDS?
Anyone can help birds, regardless of age, by supporting national conservation actions, building a nestbox or feeding birds. Please check the information on how to help individual species, by clicking the pictures below.
White Stork If you live in an area where White Storks still live and breed, you should take care of their breeding and feeding places.
Storks like to build their nests on the top of high buildings, trees etc. If you want to attract the Stork to your neighbourhood, you can build, with the help of adults, a nest platform for them. But remember, always contact your national BirdLife partner to get the information about how to prepare such a platform!
You can also support sustainable farming (which is bird-friendly) and conservation of stork habitat by joining your national BirdLife Partner.
Swallow Fortunately the population of Swallows is quite stable, but to keep it that way we have to ensure their habitats are safe. What you can do is not remove a Swallow nest if you find it in your barn - just leave it alone and let the adult Swallows feed their children. We should avoid using pesticides and intensive chemicals in farms, so that insects are numerous - these are the Swallows' dinner!
To help conserve the Swallow and other farmland bird species, you can support sustainable farming by joining your national BirdLife Partner.
Swift You can help Swifts by saving their nesting places. It is important that as building work is carried out, Swifts are not excluded from their traditional nesting sites. Everyone from individuals to local authorities can make a difference.
For example, local authorities can introduce pro-active policies to help Swifts. If you are really concerned about the Swifts you can alert local authorities about proposed demolition or conversion of old properties such as hospitals, mills and warehouses, so that representations can be made to the owners, developers, architects, builders and local planning authorities. You can also create access for Swifts into your roof, by leaving or creating small holes, or you can hang a Swift nestbox.
You can either make a nestbox youreself, or buy a ready-made one. Please contact your national BirdLife partner to get the information on how to build a proper box for Swifts.
Cuckoo To help conserve the Cuckoo and other wildlfe bird species, you can participate in local conservation actions - by doing this you can help stop habitat loss in your area and support national conservation actions. Also help promote knowledge about Cuckoos among your friends, so they can join the conservation community as well. You can join your national BirdLife Partner.