Report on the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme, June 2016

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.

Collection of national species indices

The updated European species population trends and indicators have been published at the EBCC website in July 2016. Number of the species published and the countries which provided the data remained the same as last year (169 species, 28 countries). According to the agreement at the last PECBMS workshop, the PECBMS main supranational outputs (European species indices and European and EU main indicators) are also freely available for download at the EBCC website (you can download the data at the website presentations of trends and indicators).

New version of the BirdSTATs

The programme BirdSTATs used for calculation of species indices and trends has been updated. New BirdSTATs is adjusted to work in the 64 bit version of Office/Access 2013 in Windows 10, while still working on Windows7 machines (32 or 64 bits) with 32 bit versions of Office/Access 2003 and upward. Both an accdb and an mdb version of the programme were made available. A possibility to import data in csv-files is introduced in order to improve interchange with R and other programming tools & database programs.


A paper exploring species population trends and their links to main policy drivers at the EU level led by the PECBMS research officer, Anna Gamero, has been submitted this spring and is currently being reviewed. Another paper by Philip Stephens et al. which uses national species trends and shows strong effects of climate change on common bird populations in both Europe and the USA has been published in Science in April. Besides this, we continue to cooperate with external researchers on six more studies which are already in a procedure of data analysis or writing the manuscripts.

PECBMS publication and promotion strategy

The new printed promotion material, a leaflet The State of Common European Breeding Birds 2015, has been introduced in March 2016. In a concise way it promotes the trends for 169 European species and main European indicators for farmland, forest and all common birds. The leaflet is downloadable in PDF via EBCC website and has been also distributed to our co-workers.

Use of PECBMS outputs in policy and presentations

The new indicators will be sent to Eurostat and European Commission in July. PECBMS supranational outputs (European species indices and indicators up to 2013) have been provided to various institutions or individuals for use in policy or raising public awareness or for research purposes. For example, European and EU indicators for 1990-2013 were used for the update of SEBI indicators at the EEA website. Since the aggregated supranational results (European species indices and European and EU indicators) are now freely downloadable from the EBCC website, anybody can easily use the results for promotion (which already happened in seven cases from January till June this year).

PECBMS network and assistance to countries and international institutions

On our mailing list we currently keep 160 contacts from 48 countries or territories, including coordinators of national monitoring schemes, EBCC national delegates and BirdLife partner organisations as well as policy people and decision makers.
We provided assistance on methods, TRIM computation procedure, indicators etc. to coordinators of monitoring schemes from Lithuania, Bulgaria or Czech Republic.

Information on the common bird schemes

Info on the national common breeding bird schemes has been updated at each country profile at the PECBMS website.


A short summary of the last joint workshop for the projects PECBMS, EBBA and EBP which was held in November 2015 has been published in the latest issue of the Bird Census News (BCN 2015: 18/1). A larger and more detailed report with the workshop conclusions will be published in the next Bird Census News later this year.

Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme is a joint initiative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) and BirdLife International. Since its beginning in 2002, the PECBMS project has been supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB, the BirdLife International Partner in the UK). Since January 2006 the project has been funded by the European Commission as well.



Project coordinator: Petr Voříšek, e-mail:

Technical assistant: Jana Škorpilová, email:

Technical assistant (part time): Alena Klvaňová, email:

Research officer: Anna Gamero, email:

All based at the Czech Society for Ornithology, Na Bělidle 34, CZ-150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic, phone +420 257 212 465.

Project manager: Richard Gregory, Head of Species Monitoring and Research, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, United Kingdom, e-mail:

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