My name is Arjan Dwarshuis. In 2016 I set a new world record by observing 6852 bird species in one calendar year.
My aim is to engage everybody in birdwatching and to raise funding for the groundbreaking Birdlife Preventing Extinctions Programme. You can book me for tours, talks and workshops in The Netherlands and abroad.
In 2016 I set a new world record. Over the course of 366 days I observed 6852 bird species in 40 different countries.
To put things in perspective; there are currently about 10700 officially recognized species which means that I observed almost two thirds of all the bird species in the world in just a single year.
Of course a year like this would mean nothing without a good cause.
I raise money for the groundbreaking Birdlife Preventing Extinctions Programme. This programme aims to prevent the extinction of all globally threatened bird species by applying an active, innovative and highly effective methodology.
My goal is to raise 100 thouasand Euros. Please help me reach this goal.
Director Michiel van den Bergh followed me during my Big Year and shot the award winning documentary Arjan’s Big Year.
Arjan’s Big Year premiered in October 2017 at the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam. The documentary was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award and won the Public’s Choice Award. Subsequently Arjan’s Big Year showed in 18 cinemas throughout the country and had its television premier December 14th, 2019 on NPO2. Currently Michiel and I are working on an English voiceover and subtitles.
Soon Arjan’s Big Year will be available as a download in Dutch and English.