European wild bird indicators, 2011 update

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) presents a set of updated European wild bird indicators for the time period 1980 - 2009. 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 habitat.


The individual species indices that are used for computation of European indicators were produced for 145 European common birds. These indices can be found in the special report. For computation of regional indicators for West, North, Central & East, and South Europe or for EU, New and Old EU states, the regional and EU individual species indices are used, respectively.


The computation procedure of the individual species indices is described in the Methods section, chapter 1. National species indices and trends (computation of national species indices) and chapter 2. Supranational species indices and trends (computation of supranational - European and regional - species indices).

Indicators (multi-species indices) are computed as a geometric mean of the set of individual (either European, EU or regional) species indices with the application of the method of chain index in case the species indices are provided for a time period of a different lenght. Detailed description of the computation procedure is presented in the Methods section, chapter 3. Multispecies indicators.

Species habitat classification
Species habitat classification for main habitat types (farmland, forest and other) has been developed using improved procedure accepted at the PEBCMS workshop in Prague in 2005. Detailed information including the list of species with their habitat classification is provided in the Methods section, chapter 3. Box Species selection and classification.


In the tables below, you can find the set of main European, EU and regional indicators produced in 2011.
For the complete information on an indicator (graph, list of species and list of countries), click the indicator name in the Indicator column.
For the list of species only, click the number in the No. of species column.
For the list of countries only, click the name of region in the Region column.
For drawing and comparing graphs for several indicators at once, tick the check boxes at left side of indicator names and press ENTER or click Show graphs for selected indicators button below the table to confirm and proceed your selection. You can also draw graphs for all indicators at once (Select all) or quickly deselect your choice (Reset).

In 2012, we modified the presentation of indicator´s graph which influenced the older articles on the indicators. In this article, at each graph of the indicator, List of species and their trends (above the graph) shows only the simple list of species, and the information on the trend clasification and base year is not available. Similarly, the numbers of species in each indicator (below the graph) is missing. Both information is available only in the newest version of the indicators.

For comparison, the previous version of indicators produced for the time period 1980-2008 can be found here.

Note: We recommend cautious interpretation of year by year changes in the indicators values and readers should also pay attention to lists of species and countries. For any use of the results presented in this report, we strongly recommend to consult PECBMS coordination unit (

Common bird indicators, Europe, single European species habitat classification

IndicatorRegionTime periodNo. of
All common birdsEurope1980-2009145-13
Common farmland birdsEurope1980-200936-48
Common forest birdsEurope1980-2009331

Common bird indicators, EU, single European species habitat classification

IndicatorRegionTime periodNo. of
All common birdsEU1980-2009145-12
Common farmland birdsEU1980-200936-48
Common forest birdsEU1980-2009332
Common farmland birdsNew EU1982-200925-35
Common farmland birdsOld EU1980-200935-44

Regional common bird indicators, single European species habitat classification

IndicatorRegionTime periodNo. of
Common farmland birdsCentral & East Europe1982-200923-45
Common forest birdsCentral & East Europe1982-200927-13
Common farmland birdsNorth Europe1980-200914-49
Common forest birdsNorth Europe1980-200926-21
Common farmland birdsSouth Europe1989-200934-28
Common forest birdsSouth Europe1989-200924-20
Common farmland birdsWest Europe1980-200922-45
Common forest birdsWest Europe1980-2009267

Regional common bird indicators, BioGeo regional species habitat classification

IndicatorRegionTime periodNo. of
Common farmland birdsCentral & East Europe1982-200923-45
Common forest birdsCentral & East Europe1982-200934-2
Common farmland birdsNorth Europe1980-200914-41
Common forest birdsNorth Europe1980-200918-16
Common farmland birdsSouth Europe1989-200944-11
Common forest birdsSouth Europe1989-200931-9
Common farmland birdsWest Europe1980-200924-32
Common forest birdsWest Europe1980-2009294

a) Trend(%) - change (in %) in an index value between the first and last year of a time period


The success of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme owes much to the co-operation, goodwill and expertise of the PECBMS network.

First of all, we thank very much all volunteer counters that count birds in the field in their countries year by year.

Special thanks go to the data providers & organisations as well that are responsible for national data collection and analysis, and provide us with valuable advises and various support: Norbert Teufelbauer (Austria), Jean-Paul Jacob, Thierry Kinet, Jean-Yves Paquet, Christian Vansteenwegen, Anne Weiserbs (Belgium), Iordan Hristov, Svetoslav Spasov (Bulgaria), Martin Hellicar, Derek Pomeroy (Cyprus), Josef Chytil, Tomáš Telenský, Zdeněk Vermouzek (Czech Republic), Anne Eskildsen, Henning Heldbjerg, Mathilde Lerche-Jørgensen (Denmark), Jaanus Elts, Andres Kuresoo (Estonia), Aleksi Lehikoinen, Risto A. Väisänen (Finland), Frédéric Jiguet (France), Martin Flade, Johannes Schwarz, Sven Trautmann (Germany), Theodoros Kominos (Greece), Károly Nagy, Tibor Szép (Hungary), Dick Coombes, Olivia Crowe (Ireland), Elisabetta de Carli, Lorenzo Fornasari, Guido Tellini Florenzano, Patrizia Rossi (Italy), Ainārs Auniņš, Oskars Keišs, Ieva Mārdega (Latvia), Arjan Boele, Arend van Dijk, Calijn Plate, Wolf Teunissen, Chris van Turnhout (The Netherlands), Magne Husby, John Atle Kålås (Norway), Barbara Archita, Tomasz Chodkiewicz, Przemysław Chylarecki (Poland), Domingos Leitão, Ricardo Martins, Ana Meirinho (Portugal), Luka Božič, Jernej Figelj, Primož Kmecl (Slovenia), Jozef Ridzoň, Katarína Slabeyová, Ján Topercer (Slovakia), Marc Anton, Virginia Escandell, Sergi Herrando, Juan Carlos del Moral (Spain), Åke Lindström (Sweden), Hans Schmid (Switzerland), David G. Noble, Anna R. Renwick, Kate Risely (United Kingdom).

We are very grateful to Arco Van Strien, Adriaan Gmelig Meyling and Thomas van der Meij (all from Statistics Netherlands) who contributed with final data analysis and computation procedure, and to Tomáš Telenský who helped very much with this web presentation.

We also thank Richard D. Gregory, Ian J. Burfield, Norbert Schäffer, David W. Gibbons, Jose Tavares, Dominique Richard and Anne Teller for valuable comments and help with data collation, analysis and for general support.

Other information

The PECBMS project is a joint initiative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) and BirdLife International.

Since its beginning in 2002, the PECBMS project has been supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB, the BirdLife International Partner in the UK). Since January 2006 the project has been funded by the European Commission as well.
Sole responsibility lies with the authors and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained in this document.

Other significant partners of the project are: Statistics Netherlands, Czech Society for Ornithology (CSO, BirdLife International Partner in the Czech Republic), British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Dutch Organisation for Field Ornithology (SOVON), and others.


Petr Voříšek, PECBMS project coordinator
Czech Society for Ornithology, Na Bělidle 34, CZ-150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic, phone +420 257212465, e-mail:


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