The Bird Camp Besh Barmag – youth project in Azerbaijan on bird migration and mutual learning

red-breasted-flycatcher-mindre-flugsnappare_1_origRed-breasted Flycatcher trapped during bird ringing demonstration. April 2017. Photo Emil Lundahl

Evolving out of successful birding trips to Azerbaijan, a brewing local commitment with international friends and my personal experience with youth exchange; this has all lead to…..

Bird Camp Besh Barmag – the initiative

The initiative in short is to do activities, like the Bird Camp, that brings young interested people together for bird watching, nature conservation and international co-working. To meet, learn and develop. Eco/sustainable tourism, local communities and organizations in this field can all benefit from this. Read more in the project plan available below.

We have done bird migration field camps in October 2015, September 2016 and April 2017. Join us! For the autumn 2018 there will be bird migration monitoring and related activities.

If the idea of volunteer work for the sake of nature conservation  interests you then please also join our Facebook group Conservation Volunteers Network 


final dinner in Baku from the October camp in 2015. Photo by Elshan Nur.

Core partners in this initiative, so far, are BirdLife Europe/Central Asia and with its national partners in Azerbaijan, Sweden and Germany, OSME and key local partner Nature Friends Azerbaijan. The camps have been sponsored by OSME and Batumi Birding and the above mentioned partners.

The Swedish Embassy in Baku support the initiative with local contacts and Baku-based travel agency Caspian Tour provides us with reliable infrastructure in terms of transports, hotel nights, tourist visas and other paperwork.

Please enjoy the project documentation!

international youth birdwatching project Azerbaijan 2015

result youth trip Oct 2015

trip report Azerbaijan 25-30 Oct 2015

bird camp report September 2016

bird camp report April 2017


Developing the village home stay business in Qala Alty, Azerbaijan. October 2015. Photo Emil Lundahl.