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The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) between July and December 2014. In this period we mainly focused on exploration of improvements of the national farmland bird indicators. Collation of updated national species population trends and indices started in November. PECBMS team has recently increased its capacity - a new research officer, Anna Gamero, was recruited and became a part of the coordination team. Anna will lead the on further research activities in PECBMS.



EBBA2 pilot data provision of Haematopus ostralegus, Circus cyaenus, Larus ridibundus, Merops apiaster and Oenanthe oenanthe species has been very successful so far as you can see in the map below. The map shows the state of data provision to December 15, 2014 (the countries in blue have met their commitment).There are still countries that have not provided their data yet but we firmly believe that they will.



The first pilot data provision is an ongoing process that is beginning to be very fruitful. National coordinators from 15 countries have already provided data. Hopefully, we will gather data from the other countries soon and thus we will generate the first EBBA2 maps for Haematopus ostralegus, Circus cyaenus, Larus ridibundus, Merops apiaster and Oenanthe oenanthe.



As a part of European Russia Breeding Bird Atlas Project we were lucky enough to spend two weeks in the lower reaches of the Pechora River in 2014. Our trip could take place thanks to the financial support from the Catalan Ornithological Institute (Sergi Herrando, Lluis Brotons and Marc Anton) and the Programme “Birds of Moscow and the Moscow Region”.



Bird populations across Europe have experienced sharp declines over the past 30 years, with the majority of losses from the most common species, say the University of Exeter, the RSPB and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in a new study. However numbers of some less common birds have risen.



The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) from January 2014 to June 2014. New update of European species population trends and indices as well as common bird indicators were the most important achievements in the reporting period (January to June 2014). Work towards improvements of the indicators, particularly the farmland bird indicator, has commenced and it is expected to bring results next year. PECBMS outputs has been used for policy and research purposes. Interest in PECBMS data among external researchers has continuously increased, thus we plan to increase our capacity by hiring a research officer.


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