EBCC Board and EBBA2 Steering Comittee met with Ukrainian ornithologists in Kyiv, Ukraine

Discussions on the EBBA2 development and the EBCC business. Photo by Martin Kupka.
The two day meeting was followed by a field training prepared in the cooperation with the Ukrainian Society for Protection of Birds (USPB) and Ukrainian orgnithologists from the country´s regions. The aim of the training was to provide the Ukrainian fieldworkers with guidelines how to apply the EBBA2 methodology when collecting data in the field. We used an approach ´learning by doing´. On Saturday, 18 April, 11 Ukrainian ornithologists and all EBCC participants travelled 120 km north of Kyiv, to the Mizhrichynskyi Regional Lanscape Park. The whole company was divided into 4 groups and then set off to 4 different routes. Each group spent two hours walking along about 3 kilometers long transects, recorded a full list of species incl. Atlas breeding codes. Special data forms had been prepared in advance and after the survey, all groups filled the forms with the data they had collected.

One of the groups during the fieldwork. Photo by Martin Kupka.

Summarising the data after the arrival back from the fieldwork. Photo by Martin Kupka.
On Saturday evening we held a very important and fruitful discussion about the EBBA2 project and how to organize work at national level in a country with very difficult conditions. Mikhail Kalyakin, the Russian Atlas coordinator, gave a very helpful presentation about the atlas work in Russia and helped the Ukrainian ornithologists clarify their specific needs and problems.

Sunday was spent in Kyiv parks (Holosiyvskyi Landscape Park), running the same activity as on Saturday. 4 groups monitored bird species along 4 different routes in a local nature park and filled in special EBBA2 field forms.

Sunday morning in the Holosiyvskyi Landscape Park. Photo by Martin Kupka.

Monitoring bird species in the Holosiyvskyi Landscape Park. Photo by Martin Kupka.
During both trips many details were discussed and many issues were clarified. We strongly believe that we have managed to boost the atlas work in Ukraine and that the our Ukrainian collegues will be able to deliver high quality data for the European Atlas. Such trainings and face to face meetings appear to be very beneficial for local fieldworkers, national atlas coordinators and the EBBA2 coordination team.

All participants of the field workshop in Ukraine. Photo by Petr Voříšek.

Martin Kupka