Report on the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme, June 2015

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.

Publication of new European species trends and common bird indicators

An updated of European species population trends and indicators were published at the web site. This year, we have enlarged our species list with 6 new species and included data from a new country (Lithuania). From now on, we produce population trends for 169 species based on the data from 28 European countries.

Improvements in national FBI

Our explorations of national farmland bird indicators have shown, that more standardisation of production of national FBIs (using national species selection) is needed. We plan to produce guidelines for coordinators of national monitoring schemes. Furthermore, we have developed a pilot version of a new benchmarking indicator. It was discussed within the PECBMS Technical Group, and presented to the European Commission. Based on the feedback we received we will perform more testing of this potential new indicator. It is also planned to discuss it within PECBMS network and with other relevant stakeholders.


We have continued exploring species population trends and their links to main policy drivers at the EU level. Analyses of an effect of Natura2000 sites led by Natural History Museum in Paris were finished, a report to EEA delivered and a draft manuscript of a scientific publication produced. PECBMS contributed to the first European Red List of Birds, which was published in June 2015.

PECBMS workshop

A workshop will be held from 2 to 5 November 2015 in Mikulov, the Czech Republic. This workshop will be organised back to back with the workshop of the European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA2) and new EBCC initiative, Euro Bird Portal (EBP) will also be present. Draft agenda and registration will be announced within few weeks at this web site.

Use of PECBMS outputs in policy and presentations

We have strenghtened relationships with the EU institutions and presented PECBMS at the conference New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS) organised by Eurostat. We also attended specialised Expert workshop on components of EEA Ecosystem Capital Accounts at European Environment Agency (EEA). Overview of situation with Farmland Bird Indicator incl. national versions of FBI was presented to the representatives of the EU Member States at the 7th Meeting of the Expert Group on Monitoring and Evaluating the CAP in Brussels. We started working relationship with the initiative Forest Europe.

PECBMS network and assistance to countries and international institutions

We maintain the extensive network of cooperating organisations and individuals across Europe – there are 161 contacts from 47 countries or territories on PECBMS mailing list, including coordinators of national monitoring schemes, EBCC national delegates and BirdLife partner organisations as well as policy people and decision makers.
We provided assistance on methods, TRIM computation procedure, indicators etc. to coordinators of monitoring schemes for example from Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France or Denmark.

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme 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 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.



Project coordinator: Petr Voří¹ek, e-mail:

Technical assistant: Jana ©korpilová, email:

Technical assistant (part time): Alena Klvaňová, email:

Research officer: Anna Gamero, email:

All based at Czech Society for Ornithology, Na Bělidle 34, CZ-150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic, phone +420 257 212 465.

Project manager: Richard Gregory, Head of Species Monitoring and Research, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, United Kingdom, e-mail:

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