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.


The EBBA2 book was published in 2020. It can be ordered from the publisher, Lynx Edicions

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
Musella Foundation


Soultan, A., D. Pavón-Jordán, U. Bradter, B. Sandercock, W. Hochachka, A. Johnston, J. Brommer, E. Gaget, V. Keller, P. Knaus, K. Aghababyan, Q. Maxhuni, A. Vintchevski, K. Nagy, L. Raudonikis, D. Balmer, D. Noble, D. Leitão, I. J. Øien, P. Shimmings, E. Sultanov, B. Caffrey, K. Boyla, D. Radišić, Å. Lindström, M. Velevski, C. Pladevall, L. Brotons, Š. Karel, D. Z. Rajković, T. Chodkiewicz, T. Wilk, S. Tibor, C. van Turnhout, R. Foppen, I. Burfield, T. Vikstrøm, V. D. Mazal, M. Eaton, P. Vorisek, A. Lehikoinen, S. Herrando, T. Kuzmenko, H.-G. Bauer, M. Kalyakin, O. Voltzit, J. Sjeničić & T. Pärt (2022):
The future distribution of wetland birds breeding in Europe validated against observed changes in distribution.
Anselin, A., V. Keller, S. Herrando & P. Vorisek (2021):
Tweede Europese broedvogelatlas (EBBA2): een nieuwe ornithologische mijlpaal.
Jiguet, F., P. Vorisek, V. Keller, & S.Herrando (2021):
EBBA2: le nouvel Atlas européen des oiseaux nicheurs vient de paraître.
Keller, V., H.-G. Bauer, S. Herrando & P. Vorísek (2020):
Vogelneozoen - eine europäische Übersicht.
Keller, V., Herrando, S., Vorisek, P., Franch, M., Kipson, M., Milanesi, P., Martí, D., Anton, M., Klvanová, A., Kalyakin, M.V., Bauer, H.-G. & Foppen, R.P.B. (2020):
European Breeding Bird Atlas 2: Distribution, Abundance and Change.
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.
Herrando, S., P. Vorísek, M. Kupka, M. Anton & V. Keller (2015):
Ongoing EBBA2: a first pilot data provision of 50 × 50 km data
Kipson, M., P. Vorisek, M. Franch, m. Kalyakin, G. Major, S. Herrando & V. Keller (2015):
EBBA2 training workshops in 2016.