New AVINest-app

May 27, 2019

After a year of testing, the app AviNest was launched on Saturday 23 March. AviNest makes it possible to enter nesting data directly in the field. The app is especially suitable for tracking nests of meadow birds, such as the Oystercatcher. You can also enter other types, because the app is tailored to the Nestkaart-system. … Read More

Annual report 2018 NESTKAST working group

May 19, 2019

Have you seen young tits? In any case, the volunteers of NESTKAST (national network for STUDIES at nest KAST brothers). They are celebrating their tenth anniversary with an extensive report of the breeding season of 2018. It reflects an impressive amount of work. In the mild, very sunny spring, Great Tit and Blue Tit accelerated … Read More

Oystercatchers on the roof? – let us know!

March 5, 2019

More and more you come across the oystercatcher in the city! They come there to breed on flat roofs. This is special because you see them less and less in the mudflats and pasture areas of the Netherlands. The oystercatcher probably chooses the city because breeding there leads more often to success, but we do … Read More


January 30, 2018

CR-BIRDING SUBMIT is a relatively new initiative by Sovon, Vogeltrekstation and Dirk Raes to collect sightings of color ringed birds in a simple way. Readers can add and manage observations of color ringed birds of affiliated projects via the website. After input, they also receive the life history (where and when ringed and where and … Read More

Starling diet on the radio

June 1, 2017

The starlings fly off and on with beaks full of food. The second field season in Anne Kwak’s project “Starve the birds?” Has started. She is regularly found in the field to do dietary research on young birds. She is assisted by Frank Majoor and Symen Deuzeman. The three of them investigate what starlings, and … Read More

Lapwing chickens with flag (without pennant)

June 17, 2016

Although the lapwings still dance “through the air” in many areas, they are now a lot less than roughly 25 years ago. This is because too few chicks grow up. In the Year of Lapwing (2016) a large collaborative study of lapwing chickens was started by Sovon, the Bird Traction Station and many volunteers, and … Read More