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The Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) presents a set of updated European wild bird indicators for the time period 1980-2014. 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.



The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) between January and June 2016. In this period we mainly focused on finishing all the task from the current PECBMS grant which ends in June 2016.



In March we have published a new leaflet called The State of Common European Breeding Birds 2015.



Scientists have shown for the first time that common bird populations are responding to climate change in a similar pronounced way in both Europe and the USA. An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those expected to do badly over a 30 year period from 1980 to 2010. The research, conducted in collaboration with the RSPB, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and European Bird Census Council (EBCC), is published in the journal Science. Coordinators of national common bird monitoring schemes in 25 European countries have contributed significantly to the paper too.



The organisation of the 20thEBCC conference Bird Numbers 2016 ŽBirds in a changing worldŽ which will be held from 5 to 9 September 2016 in Halle (Salle) is in progress. DonŽt forget to check regularly the conference website www.birdnumbers2016.de where you find all info.



The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) between July and December 2015. In this period our work was driven mainly by the organisation of the fifth PECBMS workshop. Several issues have been prepared for the discussion at the workshop, e.g. improvements of national farmland bird indicators, publication and promotional strategy etc. Besides this, we continued to cooperate on research projects. Regular collation of updated national species population trends and indices started in December.


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