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Trends of common birds in Europe, 2019 update

This report presents an updated population trends and indices of 170 common European bird species for the time period 1980-2017 that have been produced by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) in 2019. The species trends presented are for long time period (from 1980 onwards until 2017) and for last ten years (2008-2017).

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What is new in 2019 data update?

In 2019, the indices and trends for 170 common European species have been produced based on the data from 28 countries. The number of species published and the countries contributing to the PECBMS in 2019 remained the same as the last year.

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New leaflet State of common European breeding birds 2019 produced

In December we have produced new leaflet presenting the trends of 170 common European bird species based on data from 28 countries covering 38 years (1980–2017). The leaflet summarises outputs of this 2019 data update and presents an example of a species with very contrasting regional trends – the Common Starling.

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Contrasting Common Starling trends across Europe

A recent paper published in Ornis Fennica (Heldbjerg et al. 2019) showed that positive population trends of Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in Central-East Europe contrast with negative trends in North and West Europe. The study, which included common bird monitoring data from 24 European countries and involved no less than 34 co-authors, provides an example of how useful the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) and all the included national monitoring schemes within this collaboration are.

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EBCC celebrates two winners of the BTO Marsh Awards

We are very proud to announce that Petr Voříšek, the long-standing PECBMS coordinator, was awarded with the BTO Marsh Award for International Ornithology and the EuroBirdPortal team is this year´s winner of the BTO Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology.

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New paper shows how bird populations respond to climate warming

Recent research published online on October 9th 2019 in Climate Change examined the strength of the relationship between species-specific regional population changes and climate suitability trends, using 30-year datasets of population change for 525 breeding bird species in Europe and the USA. The data for European species were obtained from PECBMS.

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The loss of fallow land and farmland birds in Spain

In a science blog post Prof. Richard Gregory, Head of Species Monitoring and Research, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, University College London, discusses recently published research by Juan Traba and Manuel B. Morales in Scientific Reports on the decline of steppe bird species and the loss of fallow land due to agriculture intensification.

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