Founded in 1906, DOF BirdLife, is one of the oldest nature conservation organizations in Denmark with a more than 110-year history of bird data collection and protection.

Birdwatching, citizen science of birds and public talks has always been focal activities of the organization – and it still is with more than 600 annual birdwatching and nature events for our members and the general public. However, the audience has broadened and today DOF BirdLife embraces all bird and nature enthusiasts sharing DOF BirdLife's concern about the degeneration of nature and decline in bird populations.

Engaging almost 2,000 volunteers in day-to-day fieldwork and collation of bird data and policy work, and with the support of nearly 16,500 members, DOF BirdLife has grown from a small club of birdwatchers to a vital player on the national scene for bird protection and nature conservation and a fully-fledged member of BirdLife International.

Democracy and economy

DOF BirdLife is an independent organization with 38 employees and strong traditions of the members' active participation and democratic influence.

The General Meeting, taking place twice annually, is the highest governing body of the organization and is made up of 60 delegates from DOF BirdLife’s 13 local chapters, geographically covering the whole of Denmark. Among these, the Board, consisting of 13 members, is elected.

Through DOF BirdLife's Climate Foundation and the Bird Protection Foundation - an economically independent entity of DOF BirdLife - money is raised to purchase bird localities in Denmark and degenerated forest in Ecuador.

In 2019 DOF BirdLife had a total turnover of approximately five and a half million Euro primarily generated through fundraising and public grants and an exclusive agreement with the Danish Ministry of Environment.