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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.

A new report on the state of birds in Switzerland published by the Swiss Ornithological Institute brings together results from the Swiss monitoring programmes of breeding, migrating and wintering birds. It includes the updated Swiss Bird Index SBI® which until last year was published in a separate fact sheet.

Mobilizing 100,000 volunteer birdwatchers and 30 million new bird records every year to unravel European-wide spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution.

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It has been shown that the switch from extensive agricultural practices to cultivating crops with tall and dense sward is among the major agents negatively affecting farmland bird abundance and species richness. As most of our knowledge is based on studies from Western Europe, we counted skylarks in three Central European regions with different agricultural histories and practices, Eastern Czech Republic, Western Germany and Central Poland, to analyse factors affecting its abundance.

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