Category Archives: EBCC

Petr Voříšek and EuroBird Portal awarded with the BTO Marsh Award

On Wednesday 23rd October EBCC celebrated an extraordinary success. British Trust for Ornithology has awarded our colleague Petr Voříšek with the Marsh Award #BTOMarshAwards in the category International Ornithology.

The Marsh Award for International Ornithology

Awarded to an individual scientist whose work on the international stage has had significant influence on British ornithology, especially as reflected in the work of BTO scientists and volunteers.

Petr Voříšek receives the BTO Marsh Award for International Ornithology

Petr was nominated for his excellent leadership of the Czech Society of Ornithology, and his extensive collaborative work across Europe as the coordinator of the PanEuropean Common Bird Monitoring Scheme. He has also played an important part in the EBCC’s second European Breeding Bird Atlas.

The Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology

Celebrates an important contribution which takes forward our understanding of avian ecology or conservation science.

The BTO Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology went to the EuroBirdPortal team. “The portal, which brings together over 80 institutions in 29 countries, has revolutionised the way we view data”, says BTO.

Gabriel Gargallo, EBP Project Coordinator, receives the BTO Marsh Award, October 23
You may check the medallists here.

Elections during the AGM in Évora


Dear EBCC Delegate!

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 all invited and encouraged to participate at this AGM and be actively involved in decision making at EBCC.

Several EBCC board members will step down this year: Ruud Foppen, David Noble, Anny Anselin, Oskars Keiss, and Lluis Brotons. The board is in contact with several candidates to fill the vacancies but any delegate may make proposals. Please note that according to the statutes the following procedures have to be followed: “Any Delegate as well as any Board member may make nominations for election to the Board. Such nominations must be made in writing, and must be in the hands of the secretary of the Board at least fourteen days before the next ordinary General Meeting. Each nomination must be proposed and seconded by two delegates and be accompanied by a signed statement of willingness to stand for election by the nominated person.” Please send your nominations to the current chair, Ruud Foppen (ruud.foppen@sovon.nl) and EBCC delegate Officer Oskars Keiss (oskars.keiss@lu.lv).
The deadline for receiving signed proposals (as described above), is March 26 (14 days before April 10).

During this AGM we will have the elections of any new National Delegates. The EBCC Board knows that some National Delegates are planning to step down and that some new candidates might need to be elected in this AGM.

It is important to hear from EVERY National Delegate whether she/he is willing to continue as the National Delegate so please answer this letter concerning your future involvement!

As you are aware, National Delegates are important contact points for monitoring and atlas work in their country and are expected to engage with EBCC through its conferences, its website or by e-mail, to provide updates on national activities from time to time, and to know something about its main projects (the Pan European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme, the 2nd European Breeding Bird Atlas and the Euro Bird Portal).

If you no longer wish to be formally involved as a National Delegate, according to the Constitution of EBCC Association one or both of the existing Delegates should nominate a replacement for your country for election in Évora’s AGM in April.

The EBCC Delegate Officer can provide you with a simple form for submitting nominations. All proposed new Delegates will be reviewed by the EBCC Board and considered for election at the AGM in Évora. According to EBCC Constitution Article 4.2, “One can only apply for membership on the recommendation of an existing Delegate. New Delegates should be proposed in writing by the existing Delegate within a country, but in making such recommendations to the Board”).

Your response (and, in the case of nominating an alternative Delegate – the new nomination) should reach the EBCC Delegate Officer Oskars Keišs (oskars.keiss@lu.lv) by March 31, 2019.

More information about the upcoming EBCC conference might be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Oskars Keišs
EBCC Delegate Officer

March issue of the EBCC Newsletter is here!

On March 1st we have spread a new issue of our quarterly newsletter.

Did you miss some older issues? Check the EBCC e-mail newsletter archive!

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We would like to make you sure that we take care of your personal data and we protect them according to Privacy policy with regard to General data protection regulation (GDPR). We processes personal data (name and e-mail address) on the grounds of voluntary registration for EBCC e-mail newsletter. If there is something unclear regarding the protection of your personal data, please, feel free to contact us.

REGISTER FOR EBCC CONFERENCE 2019 IN ÉVORA!

The European Bird Census Council are encouraging registration for their 21st Conference “Bird Numbers 2019”, to be hosted by the LabOr – Laboratory of Ornithology in the beautiful Portuguese city of Evora, 8-13th April 2019.

Bird Numbers 2019 will cover a broad range of topics related to the monitoring of birds and their ecology and conservation, at both national and continental scales, and will consider the wider relevance of such work for science, conservation and society. The conference will feature invited plenary speakers, parallel lecture sessions, posters, thematic workshops, excursions and cultural events.

Whilst the exciting programme of plenaries, lecture sessions and workshops is now finalised, the deadline for the submission of poster abstracts is 31st January.
Suitable subject areas include:

    – atlases and studies of bird distributions;
    – biodiversity indicators;
    – surveys and monitoring of breeding birds;
    – waterbird monitoring;
    – new methods and technologies;
    – changes in wintering areas: long-distance migrants and migratory connectivity;
    – causes of change in bird populations and societal responses;
    – climate change impacts;
    – renewable energies and their effects on birds;
    – effects of conservation actions and policies.

Bird numbers 2019 is a collaboration between the EBCC, LabOr, the Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (ICAAM) and the University of Evora. We look forward to seeing you in Portugal for what will undoubtedly be a memorable conference.

The Atlas of Wintering and Migratory Birds of Portugal: a new tool for ornithologists

The first Atlas of Wintering and Migratory Birds of Portugal is the largest collective ornithological work of the last 10 years in the country and is finally published. Field work produced almost 4000 hours of census and 150 thousand bird records, covering three quarters of the national territory in systematic visits. In all, more than 400 bird species have been registered. These are extraordinary results for a project of national scope, whose field work was carried out in only two years.

The project was co-funded by the EDP Biodiversity Fund 2010 and involved the following entities: SPEA (Portuguese BirdLife Partner), LabOr – Laboratory of Ornithology, ICAAM, University of Évora, ICNF, Institute of Nature and Forestry Conservation, Institute of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Regional Secretariat for Energy, Environment and Tourism (Azores), and the Portuguese Association of Bird Ringers.

The Atlas is published in Portuguese and is available only online at http://bit.ly/atlas_aves

Don´t miss any news on bird monitoring in Europe!

Since last autumn we spread a quarterly newsletter which aims to bring the news regarding all EBCC projects – Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring (PECBMS), European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (EBBA2) and EuroBird Portal (EBP) – to everybody who is interested in bird monitoring in Europe. We wish to stay in touch and communicate together.

Are you the national coordinator of monitoring scheme, do you organise a meeting regarding monitoring methods or you are seeking for volunteer counters for the next breeding season? Please, let us know and tell us about your news!

September issue of the EBCC newsletter has been spread right now. The next issue will be out in the first half of December.

Did you miss some older issues? Check the EBCC e-mail newsletter archive!

You don´t receive the newsletter? Sign up!

We would like to make you sure that we take care of your personal data and we protect them according to Privacy policy with regard to General data protection regulation (GDPR). We processes personal data (name and e-mail address) on the grounds of voluntary registration for EBCC e-mail newsletter. If there is something unclear regarding the protection of your personal data, please, feel free to contact us.

Privacy Policy

We would like to make you sure that we take care of your personal data and we protect them according to the Privacy policy with regard to General data protection regulation (GDPR).

In case of the EBCC e-mail newsletter we processes personal data (name and e-mail address) on the grounds of voluntary registration for the newsletter. If there is something unclear regarding the protection of your personal data, please, feel free to contact us.

You can read deatiled conditions in this document.

EBCC Board decides on avian species list

All supra-national projects coordinated by EBCC, especially EBBA2, EuroBirdPortal and PECBMS, require binding decisions on the taxonomy and nomenclature employed for the birds. This demands a classification system that is standardized, trustworthy and globally accepted, and is also likely to stand the test of time. Since the publication of the first European bird atlas in 1997, many new insights on species- and higher-level taxonomic relationships have emerged, making a change of the species list necessary. After an information gathering process, the Board had to decide on one of the two classification systems that appeared most transparent and robust in their taxonomic decisions (IOC and BirdLife/HBW). Continue reading EBCC Board decides on avian species list