Europe and Central Asia

About BirdLife Europe and Central Asia


Stichting BirdLife Europe (also referred to as “BirdLife Europe” or “BirdLife Europe and Central Asia” elsewhere on this website) is the European and Central Asian Division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six regional offices, or secretariats, of BirdLife International, a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership in 120 countries and territories.

BirdLife International’s mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people in their communities towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Stichting BirdLife Europe has an international team of permanent staff responsible for conservation, science, policy, advocacy, capacity building, fundraising, communications, finance and administration supporting the 48 European and Central Asian BirdLife Partners.


Through our unique local to global approach and partnership of national conservation organizations, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia delivers long-term conservation solutions for the benefit of nature and people.

We use evidence-based science to inform our conservation action on the ground, and to influence the policy and decision making of governments and business leaders.

We recommend you take a look at our work programmes, and at our policy work in the EU. Furthermore, the highlights of our 2020-2021 bi-annual strategic plan are also available for your perusal.

To learn more about the secretariat and the partnership, you can take a look at our team and also check out what our partners are doing.

Registration and Operation:

Stichting BirdLife Europe is a Dutch foundation headquartered in the Netherlands (Boulevard 12, 3707AM, Zeist, Netherlands) which operates in Belgium (Avenue de la Toison d’Or 67, B-1060 Brussels, Belgium). Stichting BirdLife Europe is the legal entity responsible for the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia secretariat. Our Dutch RSIN (fiscal number) is 8073.69.354 and our Belgian VAT number is BE0823675597.


The foundation is managed by a Board of Directors (hereinafter “the Board”) composed of Patricia Zurita (chairwoman), Richard Grimmett and Helen Bull. The Board has appointed Nada Tosheva as Stichting BirdLife Europe’s Regional Director, who is responsible for the management of daily operations. The Board meets at least once a year to approve the accounts, and punctually when necessary. Board members do not receive any salary and meetings usually take place online, via videoconferencing.


The objects of the Stichting, as an integral part of the BirdLife International network in Europe and Central Asia, are (mentioned in Article 2 of our Statutes):

- To prevent extinction of birds living in the wild;
- To maintain and when possible to improve the protection and conservation of all birds
- To protect and conserve the arcas and biotopes/habitats that are important to birds and other bio-diversity
- To support the vital ecological system that sustain people’s livelihood and improve the quality of life
- To do all that which is connected with the above objects or may be conducive thereto in the broadest sense of the words used

The foundation shall endeavour to realise its objects by inter alia coordinating activities of the BirdLife International network in Europe and Central Asia by contributing to the implementation of the BirdLife International work programme and by establishing and maintaining contacts with governments and institutions.

Finances and Reporting:

Stichting BirdLife Europe’s full audited accounts are available online, on this very page. Click here to consult our 2018 annual records, 2017 annual record2016 annual records or our 2015 annual records.

Our annual reports, along with our publications, are also available on our website’s media section. You can also click here to consult our 2018 Annual Report, 2017 Annual Report2016 Annual Report, our 2015 Annual Report, or our 2014 Annual Report.

Sources of income:

Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully receives funds from different sources including, but not limited to, the European Commission which provides a core grant for some of its operational budget, as well as contribution from its European Partners. 

For a variety of different project grants and tenders, Stichting BirdLife Europe is also supported by:


Contact Us:

Stichting BirdLife Europe

Boulevard 12
3707AM Zeist

Avenue de la Toison d’Or 67
B-1060 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 280 08 30
Fax: +32 2 230 38 02
Twitter: @BirdLifeEurope
Facebook: @Birdlife.Europe
Instagram: @birdlife.europe
LinkedIn: BirdLife Europe and Central Asia


Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.