Waarnemingen.be - Bird occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

  • Kristof Van Asten (Creator)
  • Nils Bouillard (Creator)
  • Gerald Driessens (Creator)
  • Rudi Dujardin (Creator)
  • Pieter Van Dorsselaer (Creator)
  • Carlo Vanderydt (Creator)
  • Jonas Ghyselen (Creator)
  • Koen Maes (Creator)
  • Robin Vermylen (Creator)
  • Luc Teugels (Creator)
  • Joachim Pintens (Creator)
  • Peter Adriaens (Creator)
  • Emmanuel Desmet (Creator)
  • Carlos Van De Ginste (Creator)
  • Vincent Leirens (Creator)
  • Serge Allein (Creator)
  • Peter Symens (Creator)
  • Wouter Faveyts (Creator)
  • Diane Appels (Creator)
  • Alain De Broyer (Creator)
  • Pieter Moysons (Creator)
  • Geert Meganck (Creator)
  • Kris De Keersmaecker (Creator)
  • Dominique Verbelen (Creator)
  • Walter Hamelinck (Creator)
  • Kelle Moreau (Creator)
  • Geert Beckers (Creator)
  • Hisko de Vries (Creator)
  • Stijn Baeten (Creator)
  • Karin Gielen (Creator)
  • Wouter Vanreusel (Creator)
  • Marc Herremans (Creator)
  • Peter Desmet (Creator)
  • Kristijn R. R. Swinnen (Creator)



Waarnemingen.be - Bird occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium is a species occurrence dataset published by Natuurpunt. The dataset contains over 12.8 million bird (Aves) occurrences of 445 naturally occurring species (native, vagrant or migrant species), recorded by volunteers (citizen scientists), mainly since 2008. The occurrences are derived from the database http://www.waarnemingen.be, hosted at the nature conservation NGO Natuurpunt in collaboration with Stichting Natuurinformatie. Standardized information regarding sex, lifeStage, behavior, occurrenceRemarks, and samplingProtocol are included as well.

Generalized and/or withheld information: location information is generalized to 5 x 5 kmĀ² Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid cells. Observer name, exact XY-coordinates, toponyms, and photographs are not included in the published dataset, but are known in the source database.

To allow anyone to use this dataset, we have released the data to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/). We would appreciate however, if you read and follow these norms for data use (http://www.natuurpunt.be/normen-voor-datagebruik) and provide a link to the original dataset (https://doi.org/10.15468/0mbhvd) whenever possible. If you use these data for a scientific paper, please cite the dataset following the applicable citation norms and/or consider us for co-authorship. We are always interested to provide more information or know how you have used the data, so please contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or natuurdata@natuurpunt.be.

The publication of this dataset is supported by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch.
Date made available13-Jun-2019
Temporal coverage15-May-1790 - 31-Dec-2018
Date of data production13-Jun-2019
Geographical coverageFlanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Taxonomic list

  • birds (Aves)

Geographic list

  • Brussels-Capital region
  • Flanders

Thematic list

  • Birds

Thematic List 2020

  • Protected nature
  • Data & infrastructure

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B280-animal-ecology

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