Category Archives: PECBM

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

New PECBMS website

Since the 19th of September 2018 you can visit the brand new website of the PanEuropean Common Bird Monitoring Scheme here:

www.pecbms.info

It summarises up to date information on European common bird monitoring schemes and presents the last update of the European wild bird indicators and species trends and indeces.

The new presentation of the graphs enables to perform the data for several selected species or indicators in one graph to facilitate the comparison. If you wish to check, how are, for example, the European species of tits doing, just order the table by taxonomy, tick all the tits, choose “All data in one graph” and click on “Show” button. You will see all the six species trends in one graph. Guess, which tit species is doing the best and the worst?

Farther, all our publications can be easily found and downloaded as well as the European species indices and trends till 2015 and the latest European and EU indicators.

We tried to make the website user-friendly, comprehensive and up to date.
However, we are aware that the website needs to be improved continuously.

Please, if you have some comments or questions, do not hesitate to let us know!

SLOVENIA

Name of scheme: Slovene monitoring of common farmland birds (Slovenski monitoring pogostih ptic kmetijske krajine)

Organisation: DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia
Status: ongoing
Start: 2007 pilot year, 2008 start of regular monitoring
Number of fieldworkers: 30-40
Species: 29
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: line transect with two belts (50 m and beyond)
Selection of plots: stratified non-random
Sustainable support: yes

Website: http://ptice.si/naravovarstvo-in-raziskave/monitoringi/sipkk/

Reference: Latest report 2017.

Contact: Primož Kmecl, DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia, Trzaska cesta 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, e-mail: primoz.kmecl@dopps.si.

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes

SWITZERLAND

Name of scheme: Monitoring Häufige Brutvögel (Monitoring of common breeding birds)

Organisation: Swiss Ornithological Institute
Status: ongoing
Start: 1999
Number of fieldworkers: 200
Species: 75
Habitats recorded: no
Methods: territory mapping
Selection of plots: systematic
Sustainable support: yes

Website:
www.vogelwarte.ch/en/projects/monitoring/monitoring-common-breeding-birds.html

Reference:
Schmid, H., M. Kestenholz, P. Knaus, L. Rey & T. Sattler (2018): Zustand der Vogelwelt in der Schweiz: Sonderausgabe zum Brutvogelatlas 2013–2016. Schweizerische Vogelwarte, Sempach. Download PDF (4,5 MB)
Schmid, H., M. Kestenholz, P. Knaus, L. Rey & T. Sattler (2018): The State of Birds in Switzerland: Special Issue on the Breeding Bird Atlas 2013–2016. Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach. Download PDF (4,5 MB)
Schmid, H., M. Kestenholz, P. Knaus, L. Rey & T. Sattler (2018) : État de l’avifaune en Suisse : Édition spéciale liée à l’atlas des oiseaux nicheurs 2013-2016. Station ornithologique suisse, Sempach. Download PDF (4,5 MB)
Schmid, H., M. Kestenholz, P. Knaus, L. Rey & T. Sattler (2018): Situazione dell’avifauna in Svizzera: Edizione speciale per l’Atlante degli uccelli nidificanti 2013-2016. Stazione ornitologica svizzera, Sempach. Download PDF (4,5 MB)

National indicators: Farmland Bird Index, Swiss Bird Index (in German, in English, in Italian, or in French)

Contact: Hans Schmid & Thomas Sattler, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, CH-6204, Switzerland, e-mail: hans.schmid@vogelwarte.ch, thomas.sattler@vogelwarte.ch

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes

SPAIN

Name of scheme: Common Breeding Bird Monitoring Scheme (“SACRE”)

Organisation: SEO/BirdLife
Status: ongoing
Start: 1996
Number of fieldworkers: 1020
Species: 200
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Selection of plots: stratified random
Sustainable support: partial

Website: http://www.seo.org/sacre

Reference: SEO/BirdLife 2013. SEO/BirdLife bird monitoring programmes in 2012. SEO/BirdLife. Madrid. (in English)
SEO/BirdLife, 2012. SEO/BirdLife 2011. Birds monitoring programmes. SEO/BirdLife. Madrid. (in English)
Download older report in Spanish

National indicators: Farmland, Forest, Urban and Wetland Bird Index, Shrublands. PDR, National red list, National biodiversity inventory, National index

Contact: Virginia Escandell & Juan Carlos del Moral, Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife), Melquíades Biencinto 34 ES-28053, Madrid, Spain, e-mail: vescandell@seo.org, jcdelmoral@seo.org

Name of scheme: Seguiment dels Ocells Comuns de Catalunya – Catalan Common Bird Survey (SOCC)

Organisation: Catalan Ornithological Institute
Status: ongoing
Start: 2002
Number of fieldworkers: 300
Species: 140
Habitats recorded: no
Methods: line transects
Selection of plots: stratified random
Sustainable support: yes

Website: http://www.ornitologia.org/ca/quefem/monitoratge/seguiment/socc/index.html

Reference: Setzè informe del Programa de Seguiment d´Ocells Comuns a Catalunya (SOCC).Institut Català d´Ornitologia. Barcelona.

National indicators: Farmland, Shrubland, Forest, Wetland and Steppe Indicator. Indicator of impact of climate change and indicator of the impact of aforestation

Contact: Sergi Herrando, Marc Anton and Lluís Brotons, Catalan Ornithological Institute, Natural History Museum of Barcelona, Plaça Leonardo da Vinci 4-5, 08019 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
e-mail: ornitologia@ornitologia.org, anuari@ornitologia.org

Scheme: Owls and Nightjars Breeding Monitoring Scheme (“NOCTUA”)

Organisation: SEO/BirdLife
Status: specialized ongoing scheme
Start: 1998
Number of fieldworkers: 568
Species: 8
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Sustainable support: no

Website: http://www.seo.org/noctua

Reference: SEO/BirdLife 2013. SEO/BirdLife bird monitoring programmes in 2012. SEO/BirdLife. Madrid. (in English)
SEO/BirdLife, 2012. SEO/BirdLife 2011. Birds monitoring programmes. SEO/BirdLife. Madrid. (in English)
Download older report in Spanish

Contact: Virginia Escandell & Juan Carlos del Moral, Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife), Melquíades Biencinto 34 ES-28053, Madrid, Spain, e-mail: vescandell (at) seo.org, jcdelmoral (at) seo.org

Scheme: Wintering Bird Monitoring Scheme (“SACIN”)

Organisation: SEO/BirdLife
Status: ongoing
Start: 2008
Number of fieldworkers: 762
Species: 180
Habitats recorded: yes
Selection of plots: stratified random
Methods: line transects
Sustainable support: no
National indicators: Farmland, Forest, Urban Bird Index

Website: http://www.seo.org/sacin/

Reference: SEO/BirdLife 2013. SEO/BirdLife bird monitoring programmes in 2012. SEO/BirdLife. Madrid. (in English)
SEO/BirdLife, 2012. SEO/BirdLife 2011. Birds monitoring programmes. SEO/BirdLife. Madrid. (in English)
Download older report in Spanish

Contact: Virginia Escandell & Juan Carlos del Moral, Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife), Melquíades Biencinto 34 ES-28053, Madrid, Spain, e-mail: vescandell (at) seo.org, jcdelmoral (at) seo.org

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes

ROMANIA

Name of scheme: Common Bird Monitoring (CBM). In Romanian: Monitorizarea Pãsãrilor Comune (MPC)

Organisation: Romanian Ornithological Society, in cooperation with the Association for Bird and Nature Protection „Milvus Group“
Status: ongoing
Start: 2006
Number of fieldworkers: 60 (average) / 131 maximum
Species: 262 (total recorded) / 70 (trend calculation)
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Selection of plots: semi-random
Sustainable support: no

Website: monitoring.sor.ro

Contact: Zoltán D. Szabó, Benkő Zoltán, Cristi Domşa , 400370 Cluj, OP 7, CP 18, Romania, e-mail: szabodz@gmail.com, zoltan.benko@sor.ro , cristi.domsa@sor.ro

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: no

LITHUANIA

Name of scheme: Įprastų paukščių populiacijų gausos stebėsena (ĮPGS) – Lithuanian Common Bird Monitoring scheme

Organisation: Lithuanian Ornithological Society
Status: ongoing
Start: 1994
Number of fieldworkers: 35
Species: 70
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Selection of plots: stratified semi-random
Sustainable support: basic

Website: http://www.virtualusprocesai.lt/ipgs/index.php

Reference:
Kurlavičius P., Kiserauskaitė R., Nebilevičius Š. 2017. Biologinės įvairovės poveikio rodiklio „Kaimo paukščių populiacijų indikatorius“ nustatymas ir biologinės įvairovės kaitos vertinimas”. Tarpinė ataskaita. Lietuvos ornitologų draugija ir Lietuvos žemės ūkio ministerija. Vilnius. 55 p.

Kurlavičius P., Kiserauskaitė R., Nebilevičius Š. 2014. Biologinės įvairovės poveikio rodiklio „Kaimo paukščių populiacijų indikatorius“ identifikavimas 2013–2014 metais. Galutinė ataskaita. Lietuvos ornitologų draugija ir Lietuvos žemės ūkio ministerija. Vilnius. 229 p.

Kurlavičius P., Kiserauskaitė R., Mozgeris G., Nebilevičius Š. 2011. Biologinės įvairovės poveikio rodiklio „Paukščių populiacija žemės ūkio naudmenose“ identifikavimas 2010–2011 metais. Baigiamoji ataskaita. Lietuvos ornitologų draugija ir Lietuvos žemės ūkio ministerija. Vilnius. 235 p.

Kurlavičius P. 2004. Monitoring of breeding birds in Lithuania. In: Anselin, A. (ed.) Bird Numbers 1995, Proceedings of the International Conference and 13th Meeting of the European Bird Census Council, Parnu, Estonia. Bird census news 13 (2000): 77-80.

Contact: Petras Kurlavičius, Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (LOD), Naugarduko St. 47-3, LT-03208, Vilnius, Lithuania, e-mail: Petras.Kurlavicius@birdlife.lt

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes

AUSTRIA

Name of scheme: Monitoring der Brutvögel Österreichs

Organisation: BirdLife Austria
Status: ongoing
Start: 1998
Number of fieldworkers: 160
Species: 85
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Selection of plots: free choice
Sustainable support: in part

Website: www.birdlife.at/page/monitoring

Reference:
Teufelbauer, N., R. Büchsenmeister, A. Berger, B. Seaman, B. Regner, E. Nemeth & S. J. Butler (2017): Developing a forest bird indicator for Austria. Vogelwelt 137: 215-224.

Teufelbauer, N., B. S. Seaman & M. Dvorak (2017): Bestandsentwicklungen häufiger österreichischer Brutvögel im Zeitraum 1998-2016 – Ergebnisse des Brutvogel-Monitoring. Egretta 55: 43-76.

Teufelbauer, N. & J. Frühauf (2010): Developing a national Farmland Bird Index for Austria. In: Anselin, A. (ed.): Bird Numbers 2010. Monitoring, indicators and targets. Proceedings the 18th Conference of the European Bird Census Council, Cáceres, Spain (partim). Bird Census News 23/1-2: 87-97

Teufelbauer, N. (2010): The Farmland Bird Index for Austria – first results of the changes in populations of common birds of farmed land. Egretta 51: 35-50.

National indicators: Farmland Bird Index

Contact: Norbert Teufelbauer, BirdLife Austria, Museumplatz 1/10/8, A-1070 Wien, Austria, e-mail: norbert.teufelbauer@birdlife.at

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes

NORWAY

Name of scheme: Extensive monitoring of terrestrial birds in Norway (TOV-E)

Organisation: BirdLife Norway and Norwegian institute for Nature Research
Status: ongoing
Start: 2005 (+ data from old network from 1996, see below)
Number of fieldworkers: 250
Species: About 80
Habitats recorded: yes (within 50 m radius)
Methods: point counts(+ line counts for rare species)
Selection of plots: Approx. 500 sites randomly selected among 1030 sites distributed systematically over Norway in an 18 km north-south and 18 km east-west network.
Sustainable support: yes

Website: http://tov-e.nina.no

Reference:
Fraixedas, S., Lindén, A., Meller, K., Lindström, Å., Keišs, O., Kålås, J.A., Husby, M., Leivits, A., Leivits, M. & Lehikoinen, A. (2017) Substantial decline of Northern European peatland bird populations: consequences of drainage. Biological Conservation, 214, 223-232.

Lindström, Å., Green, M., Husby, M., Kålås, J.A. & Lehikoinen, A. (2015) Large-scale monitoring of waders on their boreal and arctic breeding grounds in northern Europe. Ardea, 103, 3-15.

Kålås, J.A., Husby, M. (2002) Monitoring program for terrestrial ecosystems. Extensive monitoring of terrestrial birds in Norge. – NINA Oppdragsmelding 740, 25 p. (In Norwegian with English summary)

Kålås, J. A., Husby, M., Nilsen, E. B. & Vang, R. (2014) Population dynamic for terrestrial birds in Norway 1996-2013. – NOF-Report 4-2014, BirdLife Norway, Trondheim. 36 pp (in Norwegian)

Lehikoinen, A., Green, M., Husby, M., Kålås, J.A. & Lindström, Å. (2014) Common montane birds are declining in northern Europe. – Journal of Avian Biology 45: 3-14.

National indicators: The Norwegian Nature index; Farmland, Forest and Mountain Bird Indices

Contact:
John Atle Kålås
, Norwegian institute for Nature Research, Postboks 5685 Sluppen, 7485 Trondheim, Norway, e-mail: john.kalas@nina.no
Magne Husby, BirdLife Norway, Sandgata 30 B, 7012 Trondheim, and Section of Science, Nord University, 7600 Levanger, Norway, e-mail: magne.husby@nord.no

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes

Name of scheme: Norwegian Breeding Bird Census

Organisation: Norwegian Ornithological Society and Nord-Trøndelag University College
Status: finished
Start: 1995 (terminated 2008)
Number of fieldworkers: 120
Species: 58
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Selection of plots: free choice
Sustainable support: no
Reference: Husby, M. (2003): Point count census using volunteers of terrestrial breeding birds in Norway, and its status after six years. Ornis Hungarica 12-13: 63-72.

National indicators: Farmland Bird Index

HUNGARY

Name of scheme: Mindennapi Madaraink Monitoringja, MMM (Monitoring of our common birds)

Organisation: MME BirdLife Hungary
Status: ongoing
Start: 1999
Number of fieldworkers: 1000
Species: 420 (indices and trends for 111 breeding species and 54 wintering species)
Habitats recorded: yes
Methods: point counts
Selection of plots: stratified semirandom
Sustainable support: no

Website: http://mmm.mme.hu/

Reference:
Szép T., Nagy K., Nagy Zs., Halmos G. (2012): Population trends of common breeding and wintering birds in Hungary, decline of long-distance migrant and farmland birds during 1999-2012. Ornis Hungarica 20(2): 13-63.

Szép, T. and Gibbons, D. (2000): Monitoring of common breeding birds in Hungary using a randomised sampling design. The Ring 22: 45-55.

National indicators: Farmland Bird Index HU, Forest Bird Index HU

Contact: Tibor Szép, University of Nyíregyháza, Sóstói út 31/B, H-4400 Nyíregyháza, e-mail: partifecske@freemail.hu & Károly Nagy, MME BirdLife Hungary Monitoring Centre, P. O. Box 286, H-4401 Nyiregyháza, Hungary, e-mail: nagy.karoly@mme.hu

Indicators produced are used as official indicators in the country: yes