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The first pilot data provision is an ongoing process that is beginning to be very fruitful. National coordinators from 15 countries have already provided data. Hopefully, we will gather data from the other countries soon and thus we will generate the first EBBA2 maps for Haematopus ostralegus, Circus cyaenus, Larus ridibundus, Merops apiaster and Oenanthe oenanthe.

As a part of European Russia Breeding Bird Atlas Project we were lucky enough to spend two weeks in the lower reaches of the Pechora River in 2014. Our trip could take place thanks to the financial support from the Catalan Ornithological Institute (Sergi Herrando, Lluis Brotons and Marc Anton) and the Programme “Birds of Moscow and the Moscow Region”.

Bird populations across Europe have experienced sharp declines over the past 30 years, with the majority of losses from the most common species, say the University of Exeter, the RSPB and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in a new study. However numbers of some less common birds have risen.

The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) from January 2014 to June 2014. New update of European species population trends and indices as well as common bird indicators were the most important achievements in the reporting period (January to June 2014). Work towards improvements of the indicators, particularly the farmland bird indicator, has commenced and it is expected to bring results next year. PECBMS outputs has been used for policy and research purposes. Interest in PECBMS data among external researchers has continuously increased, thus we plan to increase our capacity by hiring a research officer.

This report presents an updated population trends and indices of 163 common European bird species for the time period 1980 - 2012 that have been produced by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in 2014. This year we modified the presentation of species trends: newly, we present long-term trends (trends for long time period) and ten-year trends (trends for last ten years).

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) presents a set of updated European wild bird indicators for the time period 1980 - 2012. The indicators are computed for Europe and its regions (West, North, Central & East and South Europe), and EU, New and Old EU states for common farmland, common forest, and all common birds. Both single European and BioGeo regional species habitat classification are used to assess if each bird species belongs to farmland, forest or other indicator.

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