XperiBIRD.be is an educational project that aims to develop a tit nesting observation network across Belgium. It also seeks to familiarise school pupils with data collection and Internet data transfer techniques.
Our XperiLAB.be truck distributes nest boxes equipped with a camera and a nano-computer to schools around the country. Associations and individuals wishing to set up educational projects can also purchase these ‘kits’ by contacting us. The set-up is extremely easy-to-use, making it possible to monitor and record what is happening in the nest box, as it happens: the date the tits arrive, the number of eggs laid, the frequency with which the young are fed... the possibilities are endless!
Participants in the project can enter their observations on the website and compare them with data collected elsewhere in Belgium. They can also send any questions and comments to our expert.
Do tits always nest at the same time of year wherever they are in Belgium? Does the clutch size vary depending on the time of year they take up residence? Are there any differences from year to year? The valuable information collected through the XperiBIRD.be project should enable us to answer all these questions!Participate Database
Climate change, urbanisation, pollution... unfortunately there are many threats to biodiversity in this day and age. To protect the flora and fauna around us, we need science and experts, because studying a species, learning to understand its behaviour and its habits, makes it possible to determine the threats it faces and therefore the best way to protect it.
To reliably study a species, scientists must collect as much information about it as possible, which is where we can help them! With the involvement of ordinary people, scientists can collect far more data than if they were working alone. So let’s participate!
XperiBIRD.be is also about using new technologies for the benefit of biodiversity! The tiny camera installed in the nest box is controlled by a mini-computer, a Raspberry Pi control board, that can be programmed as required. Recording video sequences triggered by the slightest movement in the nest, taking photos on demand... anything is possible! Using this technology we can get up close to the tits without disturbing them. Observing, dating, counting... without intruding.
What is the ultimate goal of the project? To involve school pupils, ordinary people – directly – in protecting the biodiversity in our everyday environment! And to make everyone aware that the natural world in our immediate vicinity is extraordinarily rich and fascinating!Why study a common species?
XperiLAB.be is our science discovery truck: nine science laboratories bringing science to school pupils aged 10 to 14 years old. The goal is to give them a taste for science and scientific methods! It is on board XperiLAB.be that we distribute the nest boxes to the schools.