The European Bird Census Council (EBCC) is an association under Dutch Law of like-minded expert ornithologists co-operating in a range of ways to improve bird monitoring and atlas work and thereby inform and improve the management and conservation of bird populations in Europe.

The aims of EBCC are to:

  • Bring together ornithologists who are interested in the study of distribution, numbers, and demography of European birds.
  • Encourage monitoring of bird distribution, numbers, and demography aimed at improving their conservation and management.
  • Promote rigorously planned monitoring with clear objectives.
  • Detect and if possible, understand changes, and provide relevant agencies with sound information to base conservation and management actions.
  • Promote the development of indicators of the changing capacity of European landscapes to support wildlife.
  • Encourage communication and collaboration between organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in monitoring bird populations and their distribution.
  • Promote the exchange of news, ideas, and expertise through its journal, Bird Census News, webpage, social media (Facebook, Twitter), and through its conferences and workshops.
  • Host major international conferences on a 3-year cycle across Europe with published proceedings.
  • Work closely with international ornithological and conservation organizations, and encourage links between ornithologists, land managers, and policymakers.
  • Run major international projects such as the European atlases (EBBA1 and EBBA2) and monitoring schemes (PECBMS, EBP, etc)
  • Encourage and create specialist working groups to tackle relevant topics.




General matters of the EBCC
Mark Eaton
Chairman - Principal Conservation Scientist – RSPB
Tel: +44 (0)1767 693455
E-mail: Mark.Eaton@rspb.org.uk
Bird Census News, the journal of the EBCC
Aleksi Lehikoinen
Research and Data Research Officer, Bird Census News editor
Mobile: +358-45-1375732
E-mail: aleksi.lehikoinen@helsinki.fi