Category Archives: Conferences & Workshops

Miniworkshop on wild bird indicators 2019

On 11–12th March a miniworkshop dedicated to wild bird indicators took place in Solsona, Spain. The Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) hosted more than 20 experts in bird monitoring thanks kind invitation from Lluís Brotons.

On Monday we discussed the new forest bird indicator. We suggested to produce two types of indicators – General forest bird indicator and Mature forest bird indicator. We also agreed to apply more objective, trait-based approach to species selection which was presented by Simon Butler. We identified future steps to be done to develop the new forest bird indicators and we will present them on PECBMS workshop in Evora.

On Tuesday we discussed possible future development of farmland bird indicator and other indicators such as Montane bird indicator, Mire bird indicator or Urban bird indicator on European and national scale.

On Wednesday EBBA2 meeting organized by Aleksi Lehikonen took place. We discussed potential research projects using EBBA2 data.


Discussions in CTFC.


The workshop took place in a wonderful countryside near Solsona.


Lunch in a local restaurant.


During the breaks there was also some time for birdwatching.

PECBMS workshop on EBCC conference 2019

Do you plan to attend our workshop dedicated to the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme in Bird Numbers 2019 conference? Here is the programme!

The workshop will take place on Friday 12th of April, 6–7.30 PM in the Grand auditorium (room 102).

Mainly the national coordinators of the bird monitoring schemes contributing to PECBMS will attend, but also other participants are welcome.

Aims: To inform PECBMS coordinators and wider network about progress in our work, to introduce the new tools for computation and data delivery and stimulate discussion about future plans and priorities.

You can download the final agenda of the workshop PECBMS workshop at the EBCC conference.

The 21st EBCC Conference Bird Numbers 2019 ‘Counting birds counts’ is coming!

The programme of the conference Bird Numbers 2019 is available here!

The guidelines for presentations (oral communications and posters) of the 21st EBCC Conference BIRD NUMBERS 2019, counting birds counts, is now online !

Please visit conference website for guidelines.

You can also follow us in Facebook social network.

We look forward to meeting you in 12 days in Évora!

Ruud P. B. Foppen, Chairman EBCC

João E. Rabaça, on behalf of the National Organising Committee

Bird Numbers 2019 offers a fieldtrip to Tagus Estuary

EVOA – Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area, Portugal – sees everyday guided tours carried out, as well as regular passerine and ducks ringing sessions. Since opening, more than 2500 birds have been ringed here, some with GPS. Every week bird counts are performed at the three lagoons within the area. Physical, chemical, and biological water parameters are also monitored to work towards increasing wetland knowhow.

Located in the heart of the most important wetland of Portugal, the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve allows visitors to get to know and enjoy the unique heritage that exists between the floodplain and the Tagus Estuary.

Fig. 1 – Credits: Pedro Colaço
EVOA is managed by Companhia das Lezírias (www.cl.pt), and opened to the public in 2013, already having received more than 38.000 visitors, including 22.000 students integrated in environmental education activities.

Fig. 2 – Credits: EVOA
Three freshwater wetlands are integrated in EVOA, equalling a total of 70 ha. These lagoons are very important for the birdlife, being used as refuge or nesting areas.

Fig. 3 – Credits: Pedro Colaço
To guarantee tranquillity for the birds, and to maximize the visitor experience and comfort during the visitation, there are six observatories amongst the lagoons, several inconspicuous viewpoints, and a Visitor Centre.

Fig. 4 – Credits: Pedro Colaço
EVOA sees everyday guided tours carried out. Since 2018, some are performed by electric car, which can drive around up to fourteen visitors. We also have workshops and other events every month. You can follow these activities at evoa.pt or on Facebook @EVOAves.

Figs. 5a, 5b – Credits: EVOA
There are regular passerine and ducks ringing sessions, in collaboration with the Coordinator of European duck nasal marking (www.pt-ducks.com) and ICNF (The National Institute for Nature Conservation). Since 2017, we have already ringed 664 ducks, including teals, pintails, shovelers, and mallards. The first European shoveler with GPS was ringed at EVOA on October 22nd, 2017.

Fig. 6 – Credits: Jacques van Wijlick
At EVOA, the mixed colony of collared pratincole, little tern, Kentish plover, and black-winged stilt is being monitored, but counting nestlings and flying chicks is a challenging task. There is still a lot to do in this field, and this is one of the projects that has been developed by ICNF with the EVOA team’s support. Research into potential egg or nest predators (mammals) is still needed.

Fig. 7 – Credits: Pedro Colaço
Physical, chemical, and biological water parameters are also monitored to help increase wetland knowhow and to prevent waterfowl diseases, like botulism. Last year, we became part of a Erasmus project, led by The Norwegian Dokka Upper Secondary School, with three other project partners including: WWT Martin Mere and the WLI initiative (UK), the Randsfjordsmuseum (Norway), and the Urdaibai Bird Centre (Basque Country, Spain). The project, named BioWet – Biological Diversity in Wetlands, aims to develop a monitoring tool that allows students visiting wetland centres to collect and upload data, showing the impacts of climate change on local wetlands. The partners will work with their local school students to carry out survey work and develop guidelines for collecting data, as well as feeding into the design of a user-friendly web-based database that will display their information.

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

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.

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme workshop, Mikulov, November 2015

The discussions at the PECBMS workshop were focused on new approaches to the national farmland bird indicators, species selection for the indicators, new research studies based on the PECBMS data and potentials for the development of the PECBMS in the next years.

The more detailed report on the workshops conclusions and recommendations will be published in the next Bird Census News.

All workshop presentations, outputs of discussions and list of participants including contact info are available online.

Workshops organised by the EBCC

Workshops of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme project:


2015: Mikulov, Czech Republic
Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring workshop was held on 2nd to 5th of November 2015 in Mikulov, Czech Republic

2012: Mikulov, Czech Republic
Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring workshop was held on 5th to 7th of February 2012 in Mikulov, Czech Republic

2009: Prague, Czech Republic
Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring workshop was held on 25th to 29th of September 2009 at Czech University of Agriculture, Faculty of Forestry and Environment in Prague, Czech Republic

2005: Prague, Czech Republic
Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring workshop was held on 22th to 25th of September 2005 at Czech University of Agriculture, Faculty of Forestry and Environment in Prague, Czech Republic

2002: Prague, Czech Republic
Workshop on Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring. Gregory R. & P. Vorišek, 2003. Report on the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Workshop, Bird Census News vol 16/1:2-13.

Other workshops on the EBCC behalf:


1996: Villa Cipressi, Varenna Italy
Workshop on Monitoring Birds in Europe. EBCC, 1997. Report on the workshop on monitoring birds in Europe. Bird Census News, vol 10/2: 80-95.

Conferences of the European Bird Census Council

List of IBCC-EOAC Conferences (1969-1992) and EBCC-Conferences (1995-2013), and reference of the proceedings

2016: Halle (Saale), Germany
20th International Conference of the EBCC Bird Numbers 2016: Birds in a changing world was held in Halle (Saale), Germany between 5th to 9th of September 2016.
Download the Proceedings of the conference in Heft 1 in pdf (in English, 38,1 MB) and Heft 2 in pdf (in English, 26,4 MB) published in Die Vogelwelt 2017/137 – 1, 2.

2013: Cluj, Romania
19th International Conference of the EBCC, Bird Numbers 2013 was held in Cluj, Romania between 17th to 21st of September 2013.

2010: Cáceres, Spain
18th International Conference of the EBCC, Bird Numbers 2010: Monitoring, indicators and targets was held in Cáceres, Spain between 22nd to 26th of March 2010.

2007: Chiavenna, Italy
17th International Conference of the EBCC, Bird Numbers 2007: Monitoring for Conservation and Management was held in Chiavenna, Italy between 17th to 22nd of April 2007.

2004: Kayseri, Turkey
16th International Conference of the EBCC, Bird Numbers 2004: Monitoring in a Changing Europe was held in Kayseri (Erciyes University Campus), Turkey between 6th to 11th of September 2004. Conclusions here.

2001: Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
Szep T et al. (Eds) 2004. Bird Numbers 2001. Monitoring for Conservation. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of EBCC.

1998: Cottbus, Germany
Helbig, A & M Flade (Eds) 1999. Bird Numbers 1998. Where Monitoring and Ecological Research Meet. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) in Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany, 23-31 March 1998. Die Vogelwelt, 120, Jahrgang 1999, Supplement.

1995: Pärnu, Estonia
-Busse P & Rufino R, 1995. Proceedings of the International Conference and 13th Meeting of the European Bird Census Council. Migration and wintering land birds: Monitoring aspects. The Ring, vol 17/1-2:5-75.
-Anselin, A (ed) 2004. Bird Numbers 1995. Proceedings of the Internationale Conference and 13th Meeting of the European Bird Census Council, Parnu, Estonia, Bird Census News, Volume 13:1-2.(2002)

1992: Noordwijkerhout, Nederland
Hagemijer, W & T Verstrael (Eds) 1994. Bird Numbers 1992. Distribution, Monitoring and Ecological Aspects. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of IBCC and EOAC, SOVON, Beek-Ubbergen.

1989: Prague, Czech Republic
Štastný K & V Bejček (Eds) 1990. Bird Census and Atlas Studies. Proceedings of the XIth International Conference on Bird Census and Atlas Work, Institute of Applied Ecology and Ecotechnology, Czech Ornithological Society, Inst. of Systematic & Ecological Biology, Prague, Brno.

1987: Helsinki, Finland
Haila Y, O Jarvinen & P Koskimies (Eds) 1989. Monitoring bird populations in varying environments. Proceedings of the Xth International Conference on Bird Census and Atlas Work. Annales Zoologici Fennici 26:149-330.

1985: Dijon, France
Blondel J & B Frochot (Eds) 1987. Bird Census and Atlas studies. Actes de la IXiéme Conférence Internationale d’Ornithologie quantitative. Proceedings of the IXth International Conference on Bird Census and Atlas Work. Acta Oecologica, Oecologica Generalis, vol. 8,2.

1983: Newland Park, United Kingdom
Taylor, K; R Fuller & P Lack (Eds) 1985. Bird Census and Atlas Studies. Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of IBCC, British Trust for Ornithology, Tring.

1981: León, Spain
Purroy, F (Ed) 1983. Censos de Aves en el Mediterraneo. Bird Census and mediterranean landscape. Proceedings of the VIIth International Conference on Bird Census, IBCC, Vth Meeting EOAC. Dept. de Zoología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de León, Spain.

1979: Göttingen, Germany
Oelke H (Ed). Bird Census work and nature conservation. Vogelerfassung und Naturschutz. Proceedings of the VIth International Conference of Bird Census Work and IVth meeting of the European Ornithological Atlas Committee. Im Auflage des Dachverbandes Deutscher Avifaunisten.

1976: Szymbark/Gorlice, Poland
Pinowski, J; Bogucki Z; Tomialojč L (Eds) 1977. Bird Census and Atlas Studies/Szymbark n. Gorlice, 15-21 October 1976. Polish Ecological Studies, Vol 3 n°4.

1972: Dziekanow, Poland
Pinowski, J & K. Williamson (Eds) 1974. Proceedings of the Fourth Meeting of the International Bird Census Committee and Second Meeting of the European Atlas Committee; Acta Ornithologica, Tome XIV n°6, Polska Akademia Nauk, Instytut Zoologii.

1969: Ammarnäs, Sweden
Svensson, S. (Ed) 1970. Bird Census Work and Environmental Symposium, Ammarnäs; 27-29 june 1969. Bulletin from the Ecological Research Committee n°9, Lund.

EBCC conferences

Every three to four years, EBCC holds an international conference. In recent years, these have been held in the Netherlands (1992), Estonia (1995), Germany (1998), Hungary (2001), Turkey (2004), Italy (2007), Spain (2010) and Romania (2013). The next EBCC conference, details to be confirmed, will be in autumn 2016, at the University of Halle (Saale) in Germany.

These meetings attract one to two hundred delegates from a wide range of European and other countries. Many of those who attend are involved in bird monitoring or atlassing, either as professionals or volunteers. However, we are equally keen to attract those who use such information, for example conservation practitioners and those developing environmental policy.

The conferences are always very friendly affairs, and we endeavour to ensure that the local cuisine, culture and bird life are studied as thoroughly as the conference topics. Proceedings of each conference are published, either as a special volume of a journal or as a stand-alone publication.

EBCC itself does not run these conferences; rather relevant national organisations volunteer to host them on EBCC´s behalf. The EBCC is always looking for individuals or organisations to host its future conferences. If you would be willing to host one in the future, please contact one of the EBCC Board members.

Occasionally, EBCC holds workshops on particular topics. The most recent of these, in Italy in 1996, and in 2002, 2005, 2009 (in Prague) and in 2012 (in Mikulov) were about Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme.