ETHICAL CODE FOR BIRD OBSERVATION
The growing ornithological tourism sector means that more and more professionals and tourists are practicing it every year, and this increase in the public implies a greater risk for the conservation of some species of birds, especially those most wanted, which in many cases are the more scarce and / or more threatened.
That is the reason for the origin of this code of good practices.
For the elaboration of this code of ethics, the Manual of Good Practices of SEO / BirdLife has been taken into account, directed mainly to professionals of the sector, as well as the most up-to-date information, collected through its European project Birdtourise.
Different European countries of the Mediterranean area present the same problems derived from an inadequate practice of birdwatching: the use of claims to attract birds, visits to nests and colonies, the photography of birds with live bait or photography without keeping safe distances in certain species or in nests, the harassment to see some birds, etc., behaviors that can bring stress to the animals and even in some cases compromise the reproductive success of some species, which in the long run can end up having a negative impact on their conservation (especially the most sensitive birds and those most threatened species, which are often the most sought after by some birdwatchers).
Therefore, all the information that allows to minimize these behaviors and facilitate the enjoyment of birds without generating negative impacts is important for the training of the sector.