LPO Alsace has a double mission: the protection and conservation of birds and the habitats on which they depend, and public awareness-raising. Its headquarters is in Strasbourg.


Alsacian landscape - photo Jean-Marc BronnerAlsacian landscape - photo Jean-Marc BronnerWith nearly 2000 members and 10 employees (as at 1 January 2006), the League for the Protection of Birds – Alsace Delegation, known as “LPO Alsace”, is an association governed by the Law of 1924. It was created in March 1995 by the merging of the three most important ornithological associations in Alsace : Haut-Rhin League for the Protection of Birds (1957) then LAPO (Alsace League for the Protection of Birds, 1985), CEOA (Alsace Ornithological Study Centre, 1972) and FIR-Alsace (Raptor Foundation – Alsace, 1977).


Since this date it has been a Delegation of LPO France  which is attached to the worldwide organisation BirdLife International

. However, LPO Alsace has its own statutes which give it much autonomy and it has kept its status of “public utility”, granted in 1987.


LPO Alsace is a member of ARIENA and a federate member of Alsace Nature, itself federated to France Nature Environnement.


Volunteers with varied interests are involved in thematic groups (scientific group, care centre, Kembs ornithological station…), “département” and local groups (Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Saint-Amarin group, Nambsheim youth group).


To contact us :

LPO Alsace
1 rue du Wisch 67560 ROSENWILLER
Tél. : 03 88 22 07 35
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The LPO Alsace team




LPO Alsace:

  • is a member of numerous official committees dealing with the management of fauna and the environment (hunting, gravel-pits, specific sites…). The LPO has thus obtained the protection of many areas in Alsace and has contributed to the limitation of species for hunting, etc;
  • participates in the management committees of protected natural areas totalling several thousand hectares in the region;
  • is the ornithological reference for the Alsace Natural Areas Conservatory (Conservatoire des Sites Alsaciens ) and for Alsace Nature;
  • is involved in the designation of Special Protection Areas (SPA) under the European Birds Directive and in the drawing-up of fundamental documents;
  • works for the protection of natural habitats in Alsace, thanks to the LPO refuges (more than 380 hectares) and a partnership with the Alsace Natural Areas Conservatory;
  • owns land of high ornithological and botanical interest;
  • ensures the protection and monitoring of threatened species;
  • welcomes almost 500 birds a year in its Care Centre at Pfettisheim, thanks to the work of volunteers;
  • takes legal action concerning destruction of protected species.



Corn Bunting - Photo Jean-Marc BronnerCorn Bunting - Photo Jean-Marc Bronner

Its network of voluntary observers (scientific group) participates in regional and national ornithological surveys aimed at monitoring the status of certain species and sites.



LPO Alsace carries out continuous inventory work and manages a rich database of more than 200 000 ornithological references, giving it unique knowledge on the status of regional avifauna.


As concrete expression of its work, it offers:

  • an annual colloquy
  • periodicals
  • books
  • awareness-raising documents
  • exhibition panels.



LPO Alsace :

  • organises activities in schools to raise environmental awareness among schoolchildren. More than 5 500 children benefit each year from these activities;
  • participates in the activity “Environment protection – count me in!” (Protéger l’environnement, j’adhère !), which has had unfailing success since its creation in 1997;
  • organises training and awareness-raising sessions for the managers of natural areas (municipal green areas services, quarrying firms);
  • organises guided excursions for the general public to learn more about birds and their habitats;
  • organises information stands at various events throughout the year;
  • organises convivial events every year for its members and the general public.




Information on LPO Alsace is given to its members by means of its quarterly bulletin, “LPO Infos”, by meetings and informal gatherings.


The LPO Alsace participates in “Citoyen Nature “, the regional inter-associative magazine published under the aegis of Alsace Nature, and in “Oiseau Magazine”, the national magazine published by LPO France.


LPO Alsace regularly publishes ornithological news in the media.




 If you live in Alsace and you would like to learn more about birds and their protection, you can join the LPO as an individual or family member (membership includes both LPO Alsace and LPO France).


Financial partners

Sedge warbler - Photo Nicolas BuhrelSedge warbler - Photo Nicolas Buhrel
Besides membership fees and donations from its members, the running of the LPO Alsace would not be possible without the financial help of its public and private partners :


The Rhin-Meuse Water Agency, the European Union, the Regional Council of Alsace, the General Councils of the Bas-Rhin and the Haut-Rhin, the Regional Environment Directorate,  Eurometropole of Strasbourg, the Municipalities of Sélestat and Illzach, the Regional Nature Park of the Ballons des Vosges.


Our financial partners, among others: LOHR, EDF, BANQUE POPULAIRE, CREDIT MUTUEL, Nature et Découverte Foundation, Véolia, MAVA pour la Protection de la Nature, la Chocolaterie ADAM de Herrlisheim