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Scientists have shown for the first time that common bird populations are responding to climate change in a similar pronounced way in both Europe and the USA. An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those expected to do badly over a 30 year period from 1980 to 2010. The research, conducted in collaboration with the RSPB, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and European Bird Census Council (EBCC), is published in the journal Science. Coordinators of national common bird monitoring schemes in 25 European countries have contributed significantly to the paper too.

The organisation of the 20thEBCC conference Bird Numbers 2016 ´Birds in a changing world´ which will be held from 5 to 9 September 2016 in Halle (Salle) is in progress. Don´t forget to check regularly the conference website where you find all info.

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.

Thanks to the efforts of the local organizers and their sponsors there are funding opportunities for travel grants for participants of low income countries.

The website for the next EBCC conference in Halle Germany September 2016 is launched:

New details on how birds respond to climate change have been revealed by volunteer bird watchers all over Europe. The information they´ve gathered shows birds respond to changing conditions in different seasons of the year. While some species benefit from these changes, birds that are adapted to colder regions stand to lose. This knowledge can help predict future bird communities in Europe and focus the effort to tackle the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable species.

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