What is Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme?

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme 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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We are now revising publication strategy of PanEuropean Common Bird Monitoring Scheme. Therefore, we are spreading a brief questionnaire among recipients of our publications and users of our outputs. This survey aims to reveal your opinion regarding the previous publications as well as your needs and wishes for the future.

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.

This report presents an updated population trends and indices of 163 common European bird species for the time period 1980 - 2012 that have been produced by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in 2014. This year we modified the presentation of species trends: newly, we present long-term trends (trends for long time period) and ten-year trends (trends for last ten years).

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) presents a set of updated European wild bird indicators for the time period 1980 - 2012. 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.

In March and April 2014 we have updated all profiles of generic breeding bird monitoring schemes in Europe.

The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) from July 2013 to December 2013. We have updated European population indices and common bird indicators covering record number of species and countries. PECBMS results have been widely used for research and policy incl. international initiatives Wildlife Comeback in Europe and Red List of European Birds. New support from the European Commission will help the programme to deliver its outputs on regular basis and improve the scheme.

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