Fundamental biological research

The Bird Populations project tracks the same great and blue tits in nest boxes year after year. By keeping this consistently so, it becomes possible to observe long-term trends and/or changes. This basic biological research is needed to explain changes in bird populations and in their behaviour in relation to climate change or other environmental trends.


The project currently has a huge database for more than 40 years to monitor the effects of climate change and how birds respond. The financial cost requires continuous long-term funding, while research resources are usually limited to a few years. Therefore, to continue the research, financial help is needed so that the same populations can be thoroughly monitored annually.
This research not only provides insight into the bird population but also enriches our knowledge about nature and the effect of humans on nature.

Support this project

Do you want to support our project? Here's how you can contribute:

Tax relief

Did you know that donations of 40 euros or more are 45 % tax deductible

Step 1 - Donation

There are two ways to donate:

  • By bank transfer to bank account number BE42 7310 4624 7854 in the name of 'Universiteit Antwerpen'. Be sure to mention 'fiscaal attest' (tax certificate) and your preferred destination, in this case: 'Birdpopulations', in the communication field.
  • By online payment, where you can indicate your preferred destination straight away.

Step 2 - Donation form

In order to allocate your donation correctly, we recommend you to also send us the donation form where you indicate your preference for the destination of the amount again.

Send the filled in form:

- digitally: email it to ( a scan or photo are sufficient)


- by post:  Universiteitsfonds Antwerpen - Middelheimlaan 1 M.A.223 - 2020 Antwerpen