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BOP_RODENT - Rodent specialized birds of prey (Circus, Asio, Buteo) in Flanders (Belgium)

Spanoghe, Geert; Janssens, Kjell; Klaassen, Raymond; Schaub, Tonio; Milotic, Tanja; Desmet, Peter

Data curator(s)
Desmet, Peter

BOP_RODENT - Rodent specialized birds of prey (Circus, Asio, Buteo) in Flanders (Belgium) is a bird tracking dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). It contains animal tracking data collected by the LifeWatch GPS tracking network for large birds ( for the project/study BOP_RODENT, using trackers developed by Ornitela ( The study has been operational since 2020. In total 18 individuals of 5 bird of prey species have been tagged at several locations in Flanders (Belgium), mainly to study their habitat use and migration behaviour. Data are automatically synced with Movebank and from there periodically archived on Zenodo (see

Data in this package are exported from Movebank study BOP_RODENT - Rodent specialized birds of prey (Circus, Asio, Buteo) in Flanders (Belgium) (Movebank Study ID 1278021460), which can be viewed at,path=study1278021460. Fields in the data follow the Movebank Attribute Dictionary ( and are described in datapackage.json.


Files are structured as a Frictionless Data Package. You can access all data in R via using frictionless.

datapackage.json: technical description of the data files.
BOP_RODENT-reference-data.csv: reference data about the animals, tags and deployments.
BOP_RODENT-gps-yyyy.csv.gz: GPS data recorded by the tags, grouped by year.

This dataset was collected using infrastructure provided by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch. Additional funding was provided by Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos (ANB).
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