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The Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a programme of the PanEco Foundation. It has been working in Berg am Irchel since 1956 to protect birds of prey and owls in a variety of ways and, in its professionalism, is unique in Switzerland. We are the regional contact point for questions about birds of prey and owls and take in injured, weakened or very young birds in our rehabilitation station. In addition, we raise visitors’ awareness of the protection of birds of prey and owls and a sustainable lifestyle on guided tours of the sanctuary.


What we want to achieve

Stable populations of birds of prey and owls in an environment where humans and animals live side by side and with each other.


What we are doing

Care, breeding and rehabilitation of birds of prey and owls

Injured, weakened or very young birds of prey and owls are cared for, medically treated and released when they are in good health.

Environmental education

At events and in tours of the sanctuary we inform children and adults about various topics related to birds of prey and owls and raise awareness about their active protection.

Collaboration in research projects

We are involved in a reintroduction project for Ural owls, work closely with the Ornithological Institute in Sempach to ring our patients and help increase knowledge about birds of prey and owls with various other research projects.

Practical nature conservation

We maintain ecologically valuable areas, install nesting aids for little owls, storks and co. and offer advice on and the sale of nesting boxes.




The impact we want to achieve

The habitat of birds of prey and owls in Switzerland is under increasing pressure from urban sprawl, heavy road traffic and intensive agriculture. Birds of prey and owls are protected species – yet more than half of the native species are on the red list of threatened species.

«Birds of prey and owls need our support and a place where they can be given professional care if necessary and released back into the wild as quickly as possible.»

Andi Lischke

Director of the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary


For almost thirty years, our 27 employees in Switzerland and a further 218 employees of our long-standing partners in Indonesia have dedicated themselves to preserving and protecting biodiversity and promoting the responsible use of nature with a great deal of knowledge and passion. Find out how we achieved this goal last year in our programmes in Indonesia, at the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary and at the Thurauen Nature Centre!
Orangutan protection, Rainforest protection, Sustainable development
The 2.6-million-hectare Leuser ecosystem is located in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra. It is one of the largest, still intact, contiguous rainforests in Southeast Asia and the only place in the world where endangered species such as orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers share the same habitat. PanEco has been working here for several years as part of a Landscape Conservation Project with long-standing, trustworthy partners – and with generous support from the Arcus Foundation.
In February, behavioural biologist Anna Marzec joined the PanEco team. After an introduction at the office in Berg am Irchel, she dived straight into our programmes in Indonesia – a travelogue:
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