Long-term and large-scale multispecies dataset tracking population changes of common European breeding birds

V Brlik, E Silarova, J Skorpilova, H Alonso, M Anton, A Aunins, Z Benko, G Biver, M Busch, T Chodkiewicz, P Chylarecki, D Coombes, E de Carli, JC del Moral, A Derouaux, V Escandell, DP Eskildsen, B Fontaine, RPB Foppen, A GameroRD Gregory, S Harris, S Herrando, I Hristov, M Husby, C Ieronymidou, F Jiquet, JA Kalas, J Kamp, P Kmecl, P Kurlavicius, A Lehikoinen, L Lewis, A Lindstrom, A Manolopoulos, D Marti, D Massimino, C Moshoj, R Nellis, D Noble, A Paquet, JY Paquet, D Portolou, I Ramirez, C Redel, J Reif, J Ridzon, H Schmid, B Seaman, L Silva, L Soldaat, S Spasov, A Staneva, T Szep, GT Florenzano, N Teufelbauer, S Trautmann, T van der Meij, A van Strien, C van Turnhout, G Vermeersch, Z Vermouzek, T Vikstrom, P Vorisek, A Weiserbs, A Klvanova

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Around fifteen thousand fieldworkers annually count breeding birds using standardized protocols in 28 European countries. The observations are collected by using country-specific and standardized protocols, validated, summarized and finally used for the production of continent-wide annual and long-term indices of population size changes of 170 species. Here, we present the database and provide a detailed summary of the methodology used for fieldwork and calculation of the relative population size change estimates. We also provide a brief overview of how the data are used in research, conservation and policy. We believe this unique database, based on decades of bird monitoring alongside the comprehensive summary of its methodology, will facilitate and encourage further use of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme results.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26-Mar-2021

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