Dansk Ornitologisk Forening/ BirdLife Denmark (DOF BirdLife) is part of BirdLife International - a global Partnership of conservation organizations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. Together we are 116 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing. DOF BirdLife is the Danish partner of the global BirdLife Partnership.

With 10 million members and supporters, over 4,000 local conservation groups and 8,000 staff the BirdLife Partnership plays a key role in the global struggle for the conservation of the world's birds and their habitats!

Together we have identified 13,000 important bird and nature areas rich in biodiversity and with particularly high concentrations of endemic or endangered bird species, covering a total area of 26,000,000 km2. This corresponds to 7.4 percent of the World's total land area and 6.4 percent of the total ocean surface of the earth. 129 of the world’s important bird and nature areas are in Denmark.


BirdLife was re-organized in the 1980s as a response to the need for a more efficient organization for international bird protection. DOF BirdLife was one of the architects behind the modernization of the BirdLife we know today, but the roots of the organization dates back to 1914, where it was founded under the name International Council for Bird Preservation as a counter-reaction to the threat of extinction of the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta). DOF BirdLife has been a fully-fledge member of BirdLife International since the 1980s.


The partnership is widely recognized as the world leader in bird conservation. Rigorous science informed by practical feedback from projects on the ground and cross-border data-gathering and analysis with help from thousands of volunteers ensure that scarce resources are targeted effectively.

We identify the species at greatest risk of extinction, the most significant conservation sites, the most urgent threats to address, the policies that we can influence and use for improved biodiversity conservation, and the most appropriate and effective responses. This helps us to deliver high impact and long-term conservation that benefits both nature and people.


The partnership has identified a number of focal areas of work that form the framework of the cooperation. These areas are:

  • Sustainable management, recovery and protection of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA). KBAs are sites that contribute to the global conservation of biodiversity, including vital habitats for threatened plant and animal species in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.
  • Protection of marine, migratory and endangered birds.
  • Local engagement and empowerment.

All our work is underpinned by scientific research. It is science, which is used to set priorities, inform action on the ground, and shape policy and advocacy.