What is Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme?

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) has commenced in January 2002. The main project goal is to use common birds as indicators of the general state of nature using scientific data on changes in breeding populations across Europe.

Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine.

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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.

The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) between July and December 2014. In this period we mainly focused on exploration of improvements of the national farmland bird indicators. Collation of updated national species population trends and indices started in November. PECBMS team has recently increased its capacity - a new research officer, Anna Gamero, was recruited and became a part of the coordination team. Anna will lead the on further research activities in PECBMS.

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.

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