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It has been shown that the switch from extensive agricultural practices to cultivating crops with tall and dense sward is among the major agents negatively affecting farmland bird abundance and species richness. As most of our knowledge is based on studies from Western Europe, we counted skylarks in three Central European regions with different agricultural histories and practices, Eastern Czech Republic, Western Germany and Central Poland, to analyse factors affecting its abundance.



Production of new European and regional species population trends and indices as well as new European and regional common bird indicators has been the main achievement of PECBMS in the period from January to June 2015. The work on improvements of national Farmland Bird Indicators and explorations of links between trends of species and policy tools has continued too.



This report presents an updated population trends and indices of 169 common European bird species for the time period 1980-2013 that have been produced by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in 2015. This year we added data on a new country (Lithuania) and 6 new species (Alcedo atthis, Oenanthe cypriaca, Serinus citrinella, Sylvia melanothorax, Tadorna tadorna, Tringa erythropus) on the list. The presented species trends are for long time period and for last ten years.
Updated common bird indicators for Europe, EU and their regions for the same time period can be found in a special report.



Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) presents a set of updated European wild bird indicators for the time period 1980-2013. 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.



A new EBBA2 website has been launched into trial operation.
The link is www.ebba2.info.



After 3 years of work, a consortium led by BirdLife International and financed by the European Commission published today the new European Red List of Birds. The publication will set the base for European conservation and policy work to be done in the coming years. The Red List, that follows the IUCN methodology, is widely recognised as the most authoritative and objective system for assessing the extinction risk of species.


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