EBCC  newsletter

A ‘hot’ spring!?

Spring 2019 UPDATE

Dear reader,
Most of us here in Western and Central Europe have witnessed this in the last couple of weeks -  unprecedentedly high temperatures in what we usually consider a winter month. Is this the start of an early and hot spring or will temperatures return to normal? It is interesting to register the responses of our birds to these unusual circumstances. In the Netherlands the first lapwing egg was found today (28th February), the earliest ever. Phenological data on bird arrival and breeding dates have already shown that birds are indeed responding to our altering climate. But how does this influence their population dynamics? These are the sort of questions that we will be able to answer with our data on bird numbers (PECBMS), bird distribution (EBBA2) and bird movements (EBP). In this newsletter you will read about these projects.
Certainly a ‘hot’ spring can be expected in April when we gather in Évora for the Bird Number conference. Read the latest news and some exciting excursion possibilities. And if you have not done it… there is still time to register.
Please, for EBBC delegates reading this newsletter, take a moment to read the news item about the elections that will be held during the Annual General Meeting at the Conference.
I hope to see many of you in Évora. Let’s make this a fruitful and fantastic event where we can share information, discuss, learn, enjoy and experience BIRDS.

Ruud P. B. Foppen
Chairman EBCC

 EOU is looking for new council members


I have been asked to participate in the EOU nomination committee because EOU would like to include more ornithologists working on EBCC-related topics. The nomination committee is also looking for new council members from eastern Europe. Are you interested? Please check the call for new Council members. For questions, please feel free to contact me. Verena Keller

84, 70, 5 and much, much more…

Arrangements for the 21st EBCC Conference are in their final stage. The Évora Conference, ‘Counting Birds Counts’, will have 84 oral presentations, 70 posters, 5 plenary lectures, workshops, field excursions and socio-cultural events.
The Organizing Committee is working hard to ensure this event will be a memorable success in the long history of EBCC conferences.

EBBA2 is entering its final phase

The data at 50x50 km scale are collected and checked, modelled maps of probability of distribution at 10x10 km scale have been produced, and majority of illustrations are collected, too. Although work to improve the maps will continue, we have begun writing the species accounts for the book. EBBA2 will be a subject of several presentations at the forthcoming EBCC conference in Évora and also a dedicated workshop at the conference. For more info on EBBA2 achievements in 2018, please see our report. We are still fundraising for final phase and appreciate any help in promoting the species sponsorship scheme.

Elections of EBCC board members and national delegates

Dear EBCC Delegates! The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) will be held in Évora, Portugal at 14:00, on April 10, 2019, during the EBCC conference. You are invited to participate at this AGM and be actively involved in decision making for the EBCC. Several board members and national delegates will step down this year so we are calling for nominations for election which must be sent to the current chair, Ruud Foppen ( and EBCC delegate Officer Oskars Keiss ( before March 26th.

New Pan-European common bird species indices and wild bird indicators published

The new PECBMS outputs have been published on the PECBMS web site. The number of contributing countries remained the same as in 2018 update, as did the species covered. However, the presentation of graphs has been improved, and results include confidence limits for the first time. Read more.


Bird Numbers 2019 offers a fieldtrip to EVOA

EVOA – Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area, Portugal – sees everyday guided tours carried out, as well as regular passerine and ducks ringing sessions. Since opening, more than 2500 birds have been ringed here, some with GPS. Every week bird counts are performed at the three lagoons within the area. Physical, chemical, and biological water parameters are also monitored to work towards increasing wetland knowhow. Follow us!


The LIVE EBP viewer to be launched

The LIVE version of the EBP viewer will be launched on April 9th in the framework of Bird Numbers 2019. This new version of the viewer will be showing the distribution of 105 bird species on weekly animated maps spanning from January 2010 up to the current week, hence the term LIVE. The LIVE EBP viewer will be an unprecedented development in European ornithology and the most important achievement of the LIFE EBP project. Read more.

European bird indicators used in FAO´s report

European common bird indicators produced by PECBMS were used in Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations´s (FAO) report The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. Our results were involved in several boxes as Unsustainably managed production systems are a key threat to bird species (page 97), Birds as indicator species (page 125) or The roles of birds in the supply of supporting and regulating ecosystem services (page 137). You can access the full report, landing page with links to the report (English) and In brief version (EN, FR, ES, AR, ZH, RU) or the digital report.

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