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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New research, published in Conservation Letters, by a team of conservation researchers, including BirdLife Europe and its partners [1], shows that EU nature legislation and EU agriculture-environment schemes can help to preserve farmland birds, however their impact is weakened by the devastating impact of agriculture intensification.

This report presents an updated population trends and indices of 169 common European bird species for the time period 1980-2014 that have been produced by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in 2016. The species trends presented are for long time period (from 1980 onwards until 2014) and for last ten years (2005-2014).
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 1980-2014. 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.

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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