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.
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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.


New project helps to measure the progress towards halting the loss of biodiversity by using birds as indicators.

In September this year bird conservation NGOs from Belarus, Macedonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria started a project for strengthening their capacity to run successful national Common Bird Monitoring Schemes (CBM). These monitoring schemes are citizen science initiatives, which use data collected by volunteers to analyse how the populations of common and widespread birds change in response to environmental conditions. The results produces by the analysis are used to develop indexes for the quality of the natural habitats and the environment. For example the EU uses the Farmland Bird Index which is produced using these data as a measure of the effective implementation of its commitments set by the Convention of Biological Diversity to halt biodiversity loss by 2010. The project is the first of the so called Strategic projects of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). It is co-financed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the BirdLife partner in UK.

Report on the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring, August 2006

The report brings the information about developments in the PECBM scheme in a period from April 2006 to August 2006. First ever, the glossy report State of Europe’s Common Birds containing European trends of 77 bird species was published and distributed. The project results were presented at several conferences incl. International Ornithological Congress in Hamburg, Germany. A process of data collation for production of updated indices and indicators has continued and we hope to be able to produce the indices and indicators by the end of this year. Thanks to the financial support from the European Commission we have been able to increase our capacity and new technical assistant was hired.

Report on the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring, April 2006

The report brings the information about developments in the PECBM scheme in a period from July 2005 to April 2006.The updated indicators were provided to Eurostat for EU Structural and Sustainable Development indicators, European indices of 77 species were published, project outputs were presented at several other events and used for advocacy at national and international level. The workshop was organised in September 2005 in Prague with some 70 participants. The workshop helped to consolidate the network of cooperating individuals and institutions and to set-up plans for near future. Data collation procedure started in March 2006 and it is expected that updated European indices and indicators will be produced by the end of this year. Funding from the European Commission will help to increase capacity, improve data quality and speed and effectiveness of data flow and analysis.

Population trends of European common birds, 2005 update

This report presents an enlarged set of population trends and indices of 77 common bird species in Europe, which have been produced by Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme in 2005. The trends and indices presented in this report cover time period 1980 – 2003, although data back to 60s are available from some European countries.

Common Bird Monitoring Scheme in Bulgaria

The Common Bird Monitoring scheme has commenced in 2004 in Bulgaria. The project aims at establishing a national widespread breeding bird monitoring scheme based on the UK Breeding Bird Survey model and incorporating the experience from other European countries.In the pilot year (2004) 74 observers took part in the scheme and Over 130 observers in 2005. First two years of the scheme bring promising results and hope to fill in a gap in common bird monitoring geographical coverage in Europe.