Becoming an EBCC Delegate

The running of the EBCC is overseen by an Executive Committee (ExCo) that is elected by EBCC national delegates (who together constitute the EBCC Board), with two delegates per country. The EBCC is often looking for new country delegates to become actively involved in its work. Such opportunities arise when existing delegates wish to stand down and when there are gaps in national coverage (see current delegate list link here).

Potential EBCC delegates are likely to be actively involved in bird research, conservation, atlases, censuses or surveys. The role of the EBCC delegate is to develop and promote bird monitoring and atlas work, and be actively involved in EBCC projects. Candidates should be closely involved in such work, ideally at a regional or national level. Most likely, they would be a representative from an organisation (e.g. BirdLife partner), Institute, or University, which is responsible for running national bird monitoring or atlas schemes.

Suggestions for new delegates, or changes to existing delegates, should come from the relevant interested parties in their respective countries through a process of broad consultation and agreement. These recommendations should be addressed to the EBCC “Delegate Officer” for consideration (link here). The delegate officer, who is a member of the Executive Committee, is responsible for maintaining and updating the delegate list.

The role of delegates
Delegates and ExCo members come together at the Board meeting held at each EBCC conference to take forward the work of EBCC; the most recent in Hungary in 2001 and in Turkey in 2004. At each conference, a new Executive Committee is elected by the national delegates. Delegates are informed of the work of EBCC through Bird Census News and are expected from time to time to provide updates for their country of relevant activities and projects. Their attendance at EBCC conferences is strongly encouraged. National delegates have been central in providing input into a variety of high profile initiatives, both those led by the EBCC, for example, The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring scheme, and those in which it is closely involved, such as Birds in Europe I and II, and European Bird Populations: estimates and trends.

Thus, as well as helping with the development of monitoring and atlas work, linking ornithological research with policy makers, participating in EBCC conferences, and electing members to the ExCo, delegates are vital in helping provide information for a variety of European bird conservation initiatives.