EBCC  newsletter



Dear reader,

our hot and dry summer is over, although in many areas we still witness high temperatures. Fieldwork on breeding birds is over and many of us are anxiously waiting for the results of monitoring activities and breeding bird surveys.

Within the EBCC network lots of activities were employed during this summer. The work in collating data for the new breeding bird atlas is reaching a critical point now all the field work is finished. This and more things can be read in our 4th newsletter.

I want to draw special attention to the notice on the coming Bird Number conference. Have a look at the nice conference website, where you can also register as soon as possible and send us your proposals for contributions. And please spread the word and encourage other ornithologists to participate.

Enjoy reading this newsletter.
Ruud P. B. Foppen
Chairman EBCC

EBCC Conference Bird Numbers 2019, Évora 8-13 April

‘Counting birds counts’ is the theme of the 21st EBCC Conference in the historical and awesome city of Évora. Registrations and submissions are now open and the organizing committee is pleased to invite the ornithological community to submit their abstracts. We managed to arrange a very nice line-up of plenary speakers.

EBBA2 is already providing valuable information for species conservation!

The International Species Action Plan for the Turtle Dove, developed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for the European Commission, includes an action to identify Priority Intervention Areas for habitat management. In this context, EBCC has been kindly asked to define areas according to the probability of occurrence, based on the results of the EBBA2 modelling.

EBBA2 50x50 km final data collection - where we stand

We have collected the final data on bird distribution in the 50x50 km squares from 33 countries. We are confident that we will receive the data from the missing countries until the end of September. From the 14th of September, national coordinators can proceed with the MapChecker tool, which enables quick checking of distribution and abundance data and coordination with neighbouring countries concerning the shared squares on the borders.

The 27th IOC in Canada

From 19 to 26 August the 27th International ornithological Conference was held in Vancouver. The participants can look back at a week full of new research from all over the world. The EBCC was represented by two contributions during a symposium on the role of citizen science in state of bird reporting and its influence on nature conservation.

 New PECBMS website 

Since the 20th of September 2018 you can visit the brand new website of the PanEuropean Common Bird Monitoring Scheme. We tried to make it user-friendly, comprehensive and up to date. However, if you have some comments or questions, do not hesitate to let us know!

Join global audit of biodiversity monitoring

As part of the IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group’s work to improve species monitoring for conservation and parallel efforts to improve the monitoring of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), Caroline Moussy  from BirdLife International is conducting a global audit of biodiversity monitoring to identify gaps in data, coverage and capacity in long-term species monitoring. Please, complete the simple online survey and disseminate the questionnaire to your network of contacts!

Final data collection for EBBA2 in Russia

Through our fundraising campaign we were able to support the final data collection season in Russia. Results include bird mapping in 100 additional 50x50 km squares, which is slightly more than the area of the entire UK, and six times the size  of the Netherlands! More about it here.


Where are the gaps in monitoring in Europe and how to fill them?

In Spring 2018, a paper on gaps in biodiversity monitoring in Europe was published in Biological Conservation. However, it ignored many existing bird monitoring schemes. Thus, we opened a discussion in a form of a letter to the editor, which was, together with a reaction of the authors of the original paper, published also in Biological Conservation.
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