The first European Atlas showing the distribution of breeding birds was published in 1997. The data are no longer up-to-date and the atlas did not cover the whole of Europe. The European Bird Census Council (EBCC) therefore launched a new atlas project, European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (EBBA2).
a. To document the current distribution of breeding birds in Europe
b. To show the changes since the first atlas
c. To set up a European database suitable for further scientific analyses
Data on the occurrence of breeding birds are collected for all 50x50 km atlas squares. In addition, standardised surveys are carried out on smaller sample of squares which provide data to model the probability of occurrence with a resolution of 10x10 km. Detailed information on the project can be found on the special EBBA2 website.
The project is carried out by the „European Bird Census Council“ EBCC. A European team under the management of the Swiss Ornithological Institute coordinates the project. Data are collected at national level from 2013 to 2017 and provided to the central coordination team.
Knowing where birds occur is crucial for targeting conservation action. With EBBA2 the distribution of breeding birds is documented for the first time for the whole of Europe up to the Ural mountains.
Fieldwork has advanced well. Pilot data collections from 2014 to 2016 have provided first results and a set of data to test the procedures for modelling.