State Association for Bird Protection in Bavaria

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State Association for Bird Protection in Bavaria
legal form non-profit registered association
founding 1909
Seat Hilpoltstein
purpose Environment and nature protection
Chair Norbert Schäffer
sales 13,268,596 euros (2017)
Members 83,000 (2018)

The State Association for Bird Protection in Bavaria eV (LBV for short) is an environmental and nature conservation association in Bavaria . It has developed into Germany's fourth largest nature conservation association in terms of membership, with 83,000 members, 12,000 sponsors, 350 district and local groups, 120 youth groups and around 2,750 hectares of its own protected areas. The organisationally independent LBV is the Bavarian partner association of the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU).


The association was founded in 1909 in what was then the Kingdom of Bavaria in Bamberg as a “state-authorized bird protection commission”. The founding chairman was Hermann von Gebsattel, who held office from 1909 to 1920. As early as 1911, the commission changed its statutes and since then has operated as the Bavarian State Association for Bird Protection . This ambivalent relationship between an organ of state administration and at the same time a member association was typical of the LBV for a long time. All chairmen of the LBV from 1920 to 1978 were also officials of the Free State of Bavaria. In 1927 almost 3,000 Bavarian communities were corporate members of the LBV. At the end of the 1920s, a bird sanctuary was opened in the local spa park with the support of the Garmisch community. The Bird Protection Commission moved from Bamberg to Garmisch in May 1931 . In 1939, in the course of harmonization in the Reich Association for Bird Protection, the state association was renamed the State Association for Bird Protection in Bavaria . For everyday work, however, this had no major impact.

After the municipality of Garmisch-Partenkirchen had terminated the rooms of the bird sanctuary in the Kurhaus in 1947 , the then board member Otto Henze concluded contracts for the construction of a new bird sanctuary. The oversized project overwhelmed the finances of the federal state, which could only be saved from ruin by the takeover of the ornithological station by the Free State of Bavaria. The relationship with the German Federation for Bird Protection was not fully clarified at this time. Around 1950 the LBV declared itself independent, but in 1962 the LBV was still listed as the DBV Landesgruppe, and from 1971 the LBV was briefly a member of the DBV umbrella association again. The independence of the Bavarian LBV was only binding from 1974, after which all attempts to reintegrate it into the DBV / NABU failed. In 1978, the pharmacist Ludwig Sothmann was elected first chairman on the basis of new statutes. He moved the headquarters to his hometown Hilpoltstein and began to independently expand the association that had been closely associated with the nature conservation administration.

The state association for bird protection established regional groups in all Bavarian districts and an office with full-time employees was set up in Hilpoltstein. In the 1990s, regional offices with full-time employees were set up in all government districts, and technical expertise was expanded at the head office. In 1996 the state association opened its current state office on Eisvogelweg in Hilpoltstein. The number of members rose to over 75,000.

In 2001 the state association became "NABU Partner Bavaria". The state association celebrated its centenary in 2009 with a ceremony in the Munich Residenz . In October 2014, Ludwig Sothmann stepped down from the chair after 36 years in office. The biologist Norbert Schäffer was elected as his successor , with whom the LBV introduced the full-time chairman.

Focus of work

The association operates species, landscape and biotope protection as well as environmental education and public relations. Since 1985, with the help of the Noah's Ark Fund, the purpose of which is to purchase land with donations, over 2,500 hectares of land worth over 10 million euros have been acquired for the protection of endangered animal and plant species. The Rainer Forest on the Danube is its largest protected area . These biotope areas are maintained by over 3,000 volunteers. The LBV currently has around 83,000 members and 12,000 supporters in 350 district, local and youth groups.

The association pursues nature conservation on different levels. He advocates a free flowing Danube , freedom from genetic engineering , a Steigerwald National Park and climate protection . The LBV has already carried out five EU LIFE projects, more than any other association in Germany, as well as several major projects by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation . He also runs species aid programs for Montagu's Harrier , White Stork , Eagle Owl and Peregrine Falcon and Ortolan . With the reintroduction of the Upper Palatinate Red Cattle , the Lerchenfenster project and extensive pond management, he wants to create models for sustainable land use.

In the field of environmental education, the LBV has a special position: It is the only German nature conservation association to run its own kindergarten and its environmental education projects are recognized throughout Germany and have received multiple awards from the UN Decade of "Education for Sustainable Development".

The association operates eleven environmental stations in six of the seven Bavarian administrative districts. The newest is the station at Rothsee in Middle Franconia.


The members of each district or each independent city belong to the local district group, in which there can in turn be individual local groups. The Naturschutzjugend is the joint youth organization of the LBV and Naturschutzbund Deutschland. All LBV members up to the age of 27 belong to your Bavarian organization.

The highest body is the annual assembly of delegates, which consists of the board, the scientific advisory board, representatives of the district groups, representatives of nature conservation youth in Bavaria ( NAJU ) and the support group of nature conservation youth in LBV e. V. exists.

The regional headquarters are in Hilpoltstein , Middle Franconia. There the LBV, its 20 branches and the legally dependent local and district groups are administered centrally.

Like NABU, the LBV is a member of the German Nature Conservation Association .


The LBV has been holding the Winter Birds Hour since 2005. Today it is held annually around January 6th together with the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (since 2011) and Birdlife Austria (since 2010).

The Garden Birds Hour is Germany's largest bird-watching event ; it has been held annually throughout Germany since 2005 together with the Naturschutzbund Deutschland . In 2014, the garden birds PLUS hour took place for the first time, at which the population of the garden animals hedgehogs, peacock butterfly, sand lizard and common toad were recorded.

At the beginning of spring, the public is regularly called upon to report to the LBV when and where the first cuckoos can be heard in Bavaria. With the help of the reports, the LBV wants to find out whether the cuckoo can adapt to global warming.

The LBV broke new ground with the unique international cuckoo satellite telemetry project. In the spring of 2013, cuckoos in the Danube valley below Regensburg and in the south of Belarus were equipped with satellite transmitters in order to research the migration routes of Bavarian cuckoos and those living further east in Europe. In this way their migration to the wintering quarters and back to the breeding area is tracked. Since the migration routes can be followed live on the Internet, both bird conservationists and the general public have for the first time the opportunity to find out which routes the birds are taking to the south and where they will be there until next spring. The project is financially supported by the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and numerous private donors.

At the annual Bat Night, the LBV offers numerous events on the subject of bats across Bavaria. For example, excursions are offered where participants equipped with flashlights and bat detectors have the opportunity to hear the ultrasonic calls of the bats.


The Vogelschutz magazine , which reports on LBV projects and nature conservation issues, appears quarterly and is sent to all members. The members of the nature conservation youth in Bavaria receive the yearbook Nestflüchter .

The heraldic animal of the LBV is the kingfisher , the bird of the year 1973 and 2009.

The Lindenhof Natural History Museum is located in Bayreuth and is operated by the LBV.


  1. NABU annual report 2018. In: NABU, accessed September 22, 2019 .
  2. LBV annual report 2018. In: LBV, accessed on September 22, 2019 .
  3. 100th LBV birthday . Retrieved May 10, 2012
  4. Norbert Schäffer elected LBA Chairman ( Memento from December 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), press release from October 18, 2014
  5. according to information on the homepage of the LBV for Noah's Ark Fund . Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  6. Own page for the Rainer Wald project
  7. The Falke pocket calendar 2009. Aula-Verlag. Wiebelsheim. P. 196.
  8. ^ Page of Noah's Ark Kindergarten of the LBV . Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Page of environmental education in the LBV . Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  10. State Federation for Bird Protection: LBV environmental stations . Retrieved May 10, 2012
  11. see statutes of the LBV (PDF). Retrieved April 25, 2019

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