Becoming an EBCC Delegate

The running of the EBCC is overseen by an Executive Committee (ExCo) that is elected by EBCC national delegates (who together constitute the EBCC Board), with two delegates per country. The EBCC is often looking for new country delegates to become actively involved in its work. Such opportunities arise when existing delegates wish to stand down and when there are gaps in national coverage (see current delegate list link here).

Potential EBCC delegates are likely to be actively involved in bird research, conservation, atlases, censuses or surveys. The role of the EBCC delegate is to develop and promote bird monitoring and atlas work, and be actively involved in EBCC projects. Candidates should be closely involved in such work, ideally at a regional or national level. Most likely, they would be a representative from an organisation (e.g. BirdLife partner), Institute, or University, which is responsible for running national bird monitoring or atlas schemes.

Suggestions for new delegates, or changes to existing delegates, should come from the relevant interested parties in their respective countries through a process of broad consultation and agreement. These recommendations should be addressed to the EBCC “Delegate Officer” for consideration (link here). The delegate officer, who is a member of the Executive Committee, is responsible for maintaining and updating the delegate list.

The role of delegates
Delegates and ExCo members come together at the Board meeting held at each EBCC conference to take forward the work of EBCC; the most recent in Hungary in 2001 and in Turkey in 2004. At each conference, a new Executive Committee is elected by the national delegates. Delegates are informed of the work of EBCC through Bird Census News and are expected from time to time to provide updates for their country of relevant activities and projects. Their attendance at EBCC conferences is strongly encouraged. National delegates have been central in providing input into a variety of high profile initiatives, both those led by the EBCC, for example, The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring scheme, and those in which it is closely involved, such as Birds in Europe I and II, and European Bird Populations: estimates and trends.

Thus, as well as helping with the development of monitoring and atlas work, linking ornithological research with policy makers, participating in EBCC conferences, and electing members to the ExCo, delegates are vital in helping provide information for a variety of European bird conservation initiatives.

Proceedings of Estonian 1995 conference

Draft agenda 24th EBCC ExCo Meeting in Prague

ExCo & Observers:

David Gibbons, Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Ansellin, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Loranzo Fornasari, Przemek Chylarecki, Ward Hagemeijer, Juha Tiainen, David Noble (Observer BTO), Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor), Des Callaghan (Observer BirdLife International), Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitations to: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey) & Petr Vorisek (Coordinator: Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring, Prague)

Apology received from Alexander Mischenko

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo on
  3. Delegate List
  4. Financial report
  5. Bird Census News
  6. Foundation status
  7. Website
  8. Relevant developments within ETC, NPB and EEA
  9. Hungarian Conference 2001
  10. Turkey Conference 2004
  11. Parnu Conference Proceedings
  12. Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring
  13. Recent Data Requests

A.O.B.
Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory 12 September 2002

25th EBCC ExCo Meeting, SOVON, Beek-Ubbergen

Attending: David Gibbons (chair), Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Anselin, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Przemek Chylarecki, Ward Hagemeijer, Lena Lebedeva, David Noble (Observer BTO), Observer BirdLife International, Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitation: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey)

Apologies: Juha Tiainen, Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor) & Petr Vorisek

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo
  3. Turkey Conference 2004
  4. Financial report – paper tabled
  5. Bird Census News
  6. Delegate List
  7. Foundation status – paper tabled
  8. Website
  9. Links with European Topic Centre on Nature Protection and Biodiversity and European Environment Agency
  10. Succession planning
    • Discussion of ExCo succession in 2004
  11. Hungarian and Parnu Conference Proceedings
  12. Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring project – two papers tabled
    • Prague workshop September 2002
    • Monitoring session at EOU
  13. Recent data requests
    • Marc Metzger, Pam Berry, Ian Owens, Carsten Rahbek
  14. Any Other Business – Report from Ian Burfield on Birds in Europe II project
  15. Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory Wednesday, May 07, 2003

26th EBCC ExCo Meeting, Kayseri

Attending: David Gibbons (chair), Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Anselin, Ward Hagemeijer, Tibor Szep, David Noble (Observer BTO), Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitation: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey)

Apologies: Lorenzo Fornasari, Lena Lebedeva, Juha Tiainen, Przemek Chylarecki, Martin Flade, Petr Vorisek, Ian Burfield (Observer BirdLife International),

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo
  3. Turkey Conference 2004
  4. Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring project
  5. Financial report – paper tabled
  6. Bird Census News – paper tabled
  7. Delegate List- paper tabled
  8. Foundation status
  9. Website
  10. Succession planning
  11. Venue and date of the next EBCC Conference
  12. Hungarian & Parnu Conference Proceedings – paper tabled
  13. Recent data requests
  14. Any Other Business – Birds in Europe II update – paper tabled
  15. Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory Wednesday, September 17, 2003

23nd EBCC ExCo Meeting in Brodowin

ExCo & observers:
David Gibbons, Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Ansellin, Alexander Mischenko, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Loranzo Fornasari, Przemek Chylarecki, Ward Hagemeijer, Juha Tiainen, David Noble (Observer BTO), Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor), Des Callaghan (Observer BirdLife International), Ruud Foppen (Observer SOVON)

Special invitations to: Uygar Ozesmi (Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri, Turkey) & Petr Vorisek (Coordinator: Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring, Prague)

  1. Chairman’s welcome & apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last meeting of ExCo:
    Royalties from the European Atlas. Action: David Noble to check BTO’s view.
    Monies owing to EBCC. Action: Richard Gregory to phone Pam Berry to check on outstanding funds.
    Publishing Atlas information on the web. Action: Des Callaghan to discuss with Martin Sneary.
    Feedback to EOU. Action: Martin Flade to contact organisers of Saxony conference & to volunteer a symposium.
  3. Hungarian Conference 2001.
    Update from Tibor on proceedings etc.
  4. Turkey Conference 2004.
    Action points: David to invite Uygar to spring 2002 ExCo (see agenda item 14). Martin & Tibor to provide checklists of the sorts of thing that conference organisers should consider. Martin & Tibor to provide mailing lists from Cottbus and Hungarian conferences, respectively, and Richard to provide delegates mailing list (see agenda item 6).
  5. Foundation status
    Action: David to amend draft following ExCo’s comments and to highlight any outstanding issues which require further discussion. Ward to try to find a friendly advocate to help us pursue this work (see attached paper).
  6. Delegate List
    Action: Richard to circulate delegates letter asap. Subsequently to hand over relevant files to Martin.
  7. Website
    Action: David to register suitable domain name. David to contact Les to see if he is interested in developing EBCC’s site.
    Action: over next 2 months all to consider potential new names for the EBCC.
    Action: all to provide information outlined (see attached paper) to David Gibbons. Tibor Szep to present Hungarian monitoring scheme website at next ExCo.
  8. Financial report
    See attached report
  9. Bird Census News
  10. Parnu Conference Proceedings
  11. European Common Bird Monitoring
    Report from Petr Vorisek (see attached paper)
  12. Birds in Europe II
    Report from Des Callaghan (see attached paper)
  13. Monitoring in Africa
  14. Recent Data Requests
  15. A.O.B.
  16. Date and venue of next meeting

R.D. Gregory 20 March 2002

DRAFT AGENDA

Attending:
David Gibbons, Richard Gregory (minutes) Anny Ansellin, Alexander Mischenko, Tibor Szep, Martin Flade, Loranzo Fornasari, David Noble (Observer BTO), Przemek Chylarecki & Gerard Boere (ExCo Advisor)

Apologies received from:
Ward Hagemeijer, Juha Tiainen, Des Callaghan (Observer BirdLife International), Ruud Foppen

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes of last meeting of ExCo
    Royalties from the European Atlas
    Action: Ward and David Noble to discuss with SOVON and BTO
    Monies owing to EBCC
    Action: David, Ward, and Richard by BirdLife, by ETC/NC and Pam Berry
    Monies owned by EBCC
    Action: Martin would clarify the situation with DDA
    Publishing Atlas Information on the web
    Action: Des Callaghan to discuss with Martin Sneary
    Position of Treasurer
    Action: David to talk to Juha
    Feedback to EOU
    Action: David to go back to Jacques Blondel – see attached email correspondence
  3. Hungarian Conference 2001
    Report on Conference Proceedings and any other issues
  4. Turkey Conference 2004 – see attached email correspondence
  5. Foundation Status – paper attached
  6. Delegate List
  7. Web site – see attached email correspondence
  8. Financial Report
  9. Bird Census News
  10. Parnu Conference Proceedings
  11. European Common Bird Monitoring – verbal update
  12. Recent data requests
  13. Any other business

Come to the next conference

Areas of discussion will include:

  • Monitoring: sampling design, field methods and analysis
  • Monitoring using capture techniques
  • Monitoring conservation action and policy
  • Accession to European Union and monitoring
  • Pan-European monitoring and indicators
  • Integrated population monitoring
  • Atlas studies
  • Modelling bird numbers and distributions
  • Monitoring ecological disasters
  • Climate change
  • Setting conservation priorities
  • Site or protected areas monitoring
  • Citizen Science: working with volunteers.

For more details visit the conference website at www.kustr.org/ebcc2004