After ten years of work, the results of the second European Breeding Bird Atlas EBBA2 are now compiled in a book. The book is the most up-to-date source of information on distribution, abundance and change of bird populations in Europe. A tremendous effort by the European Bird Census Council and its partner organisations from 48 countries have made it possible. Around 120,000 fieldworkers contributed data to the atlas, mainly from 2013 to 2017. As such this project constitutes one of the biggest citizen science projects on biodiversity ever. Thanks to the support by the MAVA Foundation and many other donors, the project not only generated new information but also strengthened the network of individuals and organisations working in bird research and conservation.
The atlas book presents information on all species reported to breed in the study period. A total of 556 species are treated with a full species account including maps, text and an illustration. Full species accounts include 50×50 km maps (usually showing abundance data), modelled distribution maps with a resolution of 10×10 km (for 222 breeding birds) and change maps (comparing current distribution with that obtained for the first atlas 30 years ago). All these data document the state of the European breeding avifauna using the most rigorous scientific approaches with the final aim to encourage the effective conservation of birds and their habitats.
The book can be ordered from Lynx Edicions: https://www.lynxeds.com/product/european-breeding-bird-atlas-2-distribution-abundance-and-change/
Pre-publication price 70 Euro (plus shipping costs), valid until 30 November 2020
Keller, V., Herrando, S., Voříšek, P., Franch, M., Kipson, M., Milanesi, P., Martí, D., Anton, M., Klvaňová, A., Kalyakin, M.V., Bauer, H.-G. & Foppen, R.P.B. (2020). European Breeding Bird Atlas 2: Distribution, Abundance and Change. European Bird Census Council & Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.