EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
  A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe
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1. Name of Organisation:
AVES-Natagora (Belgian bird study and protection society)
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
AVES-Natagora Rue Fusch, 3 B-4000 Liege Belgium
2a. Country:  
Belgium
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Brussels and Wallonia (southern Belgium)
A country  
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
1953
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
11-50
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
Yes
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
Yes
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Species
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats
Other
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
- monitoring of bird breeding, wintering in Waaonia and Brussels by a very large range of activities including volunteering work: Atls work, point count survey, specific survey and so on - monitoring of amphibians and reptiles by the redaction of a regional distribution atlas - specific survey on mammals (mainly Cricetus cricetus and bats)
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
Yes
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
- Mainly the Wallonia Region Nature administration - more local nature organisation (diverse name)
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
Yes
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
Birdlife Wetlands international the Walloon Region Nature administration
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
Yes
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
Yes
14b. Internet address of report(s):
http://www.aves.be/menucoa.htm http://mrw.wallonie.be/dgrne/sibw/organisations/OFFH/progISB/oiseaux/home.html
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
Yes
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
No
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 20 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 70 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 10 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
N/A
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
faunistic data detailed data on breeding birds, wintering birds (numbers and location) specific census forms
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
No
21. If no, please explain why
more people would provide more accurate monitoring of more species!
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
1.contributing to biodiversity conservation through monitoring 2.pleasure of purposeful outdoor activity 3.pleasure of working together toward a common goal (meeting people) 4.Improve its own knowledge on regional biodiversity
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
mainly through our own journal
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
No
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
Unknown
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
Yes
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
- guided excursion (several free excursion every week), training, conference and bird trip - a dedicated ornithology lecture (with practical classes)
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
Yes
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
- for rare birds, there is a rare bird comitee exaining reports and claims - every observer could publish his data through our peer-reviewed journal ("Bulletin Aves") - for other data, no proper validation is needed (onlypunctual check if data look dubious)
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Yes
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 Contract number: 006463