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


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


The software and further information to undertake these analyses are freely available at: www.ruwpa.st-and.ac.uk/distance

Distance sampling takes account of the fact that the number of birds seen or heard declines with distance from the observer. The shape of this decline, the distance function, differs among species, among observers and, importantly, among habitats. Distance sampling models the ‘distance function’ and estimates density taking into account both the birds that were observed, plus those that were present but not detected.

Executive Committee of the European Bird Census Council

EBCC Executive Committee (ExCo) and observers at Brodowin,
Germany, in
April 2002

From left to right are:
Tibor Szep (ExCo member), Petr Vorisek
(Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring coordinator), Lorenzo Fornasari
member), Alexander Mischenko (squatting; ExCo member, now retired),
(Observer, SOVON), David Gibbons (EBCC Chairman), Przemek

(ExCo member), Richard Gregory (EBCC Secretary), Des Callaghan
BirdLife; now retired), Juha Tiainen (ExCo member), Anny Anselin
Treasurer and Bird Census News editor), Martin Flade (EBCC Delegate
Officer), David Noble (Observer, BTO).

EBCC Executive Committee (ExCo) and observers at Tuzla Lake,
September 2003

From left to right are:

Ruud Foppen (Observer, SOVON),
(EBCC Treasurer and Bird Census News editor), Tibor Szep
member), David Gibbons (EBCC Chairman), Ward Hagemeijer (EBCC
Vice-Chairman), Richard Gregory (EBCC Secretary), David Noble
BTO), Uygar Ozesmi (Organiser of Bird Numbers 2004, EBCC’s Turkish

EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds

2nd European Breeding
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The first comprehensive EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds, or European Ornithological Atlas (EOA) edited by Ward Hagemeijer and Mike Blair, was published in 1997. The atlas is the first major initiative of the EBCC (itself created through the merging of the European Ornithological Atlas Committee and the IBCC), and integrates 25 years of effort by thousands of volunteer field ornithologists, data analysts and writers in more than 40 countries. The final product is an impressive and voluminous book with more than 900 pages of maps of distribution for 495 European bird species, accompanying text and information on the population size estimates for key countries where it is present. The area covered includes all of Europe, including Madeira, the Azores, Iceland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Transcaucasia) although not Turkey or Cyprus. The atlas demonstrates what can be achieved through broadscale international cooperation and has been and remains an essential tool for scientists and conservationists interested in studying the patterns of distribution and abundance of Europe’s birds.

EBCC Atlas on the Web:
easily accessible to a wide audience all distribution maps can now also be viewed through the internet. In this recent initiative, the original 50km x 50km basic spatial units in the atlas were converted to Geographic Information System (GIS) spatial references (e.g. latitude, longitude), in order to be able to display the species distribution maps on a website with different backgrounds as explained below. Because meridians of longitude converge towards the poles the original 50km by 50km grid required modifications to allow ‘squares’ to drop out as their width declined to less than 40km towards the north. Dealing with these issues in the conversion to GIS was no trivial task and the EBCC is very grateful to SOVON and especially Henk Sierdsema for all his time on this. As in the book, the dots on the map refer to six different categories of information; red = semi-quantitatively confirmed or probable breeding, orange = semi-quantitatively possible breeding, dark purple = qualitatively confirmed or probably breeding, light purple = qualitatively possible breeding, grey = no survey work, no dot = square surveyed but species not recorded. Semi-quantitative (red and orange dots) means that population sizes, in numbers of breeding pairs, for the square have been estimated to the nearest order of magnitude, as indicated by the size of the dots on the map. Not all countries were able to provide this and hence the information is qualitative (all purple and grey dots are the same size). The interactive distribution atlas is currently hosted by SOVON Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology and can be accessed through the link

Clicking on the link will display a new screen with selection options on the right hand side.

In order to display a distribution map select the species you are interested in, on one of the drop-down boxes and click on the ‘show’ button.

The distribution can be displayed on satellite images of the earth (by clicking ‘Satellite’), or on maps provided by Google Earth (by clicking ‘Map’).

The display of country borders and display of the coverage of fieldwork (see legend for explanation of the four different levels of coverage) can be turned on or off.

The size of the map can be enlarged by clicking on ‘hide’. This will hide the legend, allowing more room for displaying the map. It is also possible to use the pointer on the left of the map to zoom in or out, and to move left, right, up or down, over the area of interest.

Go to the interactive EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds

The recommended citation for the atlas remains: Hagemeijer, E.J.M. and M.J. Blair (editors). 1997. The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds: their distribution and abundance. T & A.D. Poyser, London.

Obtaining the atlas data:

Associated with the atlas is the underlying database from which the distribution maps are derived. Over the past 10 years, the atlas data has been used by a wide variety of researchers and conservationists for purposes ranging from estimating hotspots of species occurrence to predicting the effects of climate change. Use of the data is administered via the EBCC Executive Committee and the data extraction and handling is currently done by staff at SOVON in the Netherlands or the BTO in the UK, according to agreed rules. There are countless possibilities for using this valuable dataset, and those interested should contact the EBCC Chair EBCC-chairman about the conditions for obtaining the data. Requests will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and there are usually costs for its provision and to cover data handling. EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds data are now available in UTM or GIS-format.