European Breeding Bird Atlas

      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 were 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 is finished and work now concentrates on the analyses and the preparation for the publication. Annual report 2018.

      Project management

      Verena Keller, Pietro Milanesi


      European Bird Census Council EBCC
      Petr Vorisek, Marina Kipson, Czech Society for Ornithology
      Sergi Herrando, Marti Franch, Catalan Ornithological Institute
      Network of national partner organisations

      Financial support

      MAVA Foundation
      Federal Office for the Environment FOEN


      Herrando, S., V. Keller, H.-G. Bauer, L. Brotons, M. Eaton, M. Kalyakin, A. Lehikoinen, P. Milanesi, D. Noble, I. Ramírez, P. Vorísek & R. Foppen (2019):
      Using the first European Breeding Bird Atlas for science and perspectives for the new Atlas
      Vorísek, P., M. B. Kalyakin, O. V. Voltzit, S. Herrando & V. Keller (2019):
      From a breeding bird atlas to a common bird monitoring scheme in European Russia
      Herrando, S., M. Franch, P. Vorisek, M. Kipson, P. Milanesi & V. Keller (2017):
      EBBA2: Latest pilot maps, modelling work and planning ahead.
      Herrando, S., V. Keller, P. Vorísek, M. Kipson, M. Franch, M. Anton, M. Pla, D. Villero, H. Sierdsema, C. Kampichler, T. Telenský, S. Gillings, A. Johnston, T. Gottschalk, J. Guélat, T. Sattler, L. Brotons, N. Titeux, F. Jiguet, M. Kéry & P. Milanesi (2017):
      High resolution maps for the second European Breeding Bird Atlas: a first provision of standardised data and pilot modelled maps.
      Keller, V. & N. Zbinden (2016):
      Quadrat 36WWA1, Murmansky Oblast.
      Keller, V. & N. Zbinden (2016):
      Quadrat 36WWU3, Murmansky Oblast.
      Keller, V. & N. Zbinden (2016):
      Quadrat 36WXU1, Murmansky Oblast.
      Keller, V. & N. Zbinden (2016):
      Quadrat 37WCP3, Murmansky Oblast.
      Keller, V., H.-G. Bauer, M. Franch, S. Herrando, M. Kipson, P. Milanesi & P. Vorisek (2016):
      EBBA2: Der zweite europäische Brutvogelatlas macht Fortschritte.
      Herrando, S., P. Vorísek, J.-Y. Paquet, M. Kupka & V. Keller (2015):
      Le deuxième Atlas Européen des Oiseaux Nicheurs : de la Wallonie et Bruxelles à l'Europe.
      Kipson, M., P. Vorisek, M. Franch, m. Kalyakin, G. Major, S. Herrando & V. Keller (2015):
      EBBA2 training workshops in 2016.
      Herrando, S., P. Vorísek, M. Kupka, M. Anton & V. Keller (2014):
      Ongoing EBBA2: a first pilot data provision of 50 × 50 km data