The principal aim of the project “Improving the capabilities of the EuroBirdPortal project in order to boost its contribution towards EU policy objectives under the Birds Directive and the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy", in short "LIFE EBP reinforcement" (project 101104367 — LIFE22-PLP-ES-EBP reinforcement), is to improve the quantity and quality of bird-related data in Europe to enhance their contribution to EU policy objectives under the EU Birds Directive and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

The project has a duration of three years and a half (July 2023 to December 2026) and an overall cost of 1.110.605,44 €, of which 90% (999.544,89 €) are financed by the European Union.

The main specific objectives of project are:

1Improving the geographical coverage and the overall quality of the bird-related data collected in Europe by increasing participation, data collection and use of more structured data collection protocols, particularly, in SE and E Europe.

2Adding all the species recorded in Europe to the EuroBirdPortal (EBP) data flow making full use of the EBP data standard and updating the EBP viewer accordingly.

3Producing two demonstrative outputs that showcase how the improved capabilities of the EBP project could be applied to help implement key EU Biodiversity Strategy goals.

Expected results

The main results expected at the end of the project are:

1Local online bird portals are operating in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

2The number of participants, the overall amount of data and the overall amount of data collected using more structured protocols (e.g. complete lists, specific protocols) by the EBP in SE Europe (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) increases by 40%, 30% and 20% respectively since 2022, and by 5%, 10% and 20% globally.

3The International Census Plots (ICP) scheme has a network of at least 70 plots in total in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

4All the species recorded in Europe are included in the EBP data flow making full use of the EBP data standard to properly identify and characterize the data collected using specific or more standardized protocols.

5The EBP viewer depicts the majority of the species regularly occurring in Europe while taking into account the data handling and visualization protocol for sensitive species agreed by the EBP partnership.

6EBBA2-like maps of distribution (50x50km resolution) and probability of occurrence (10x10km) and change are produced for the Turtle Dove and the other 38 bird species included in the Farmland Bird Index (FBI) using data collected by the EBP and the PECBMS projects during the period 2018-2025.

7A pilot assessment of the overall adequacy of the Natura 2000 network for the protection of terrestrial migratory bird species during the migration period.


The EBP is a project of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) developed through a partnership of ornithological organizations from 31 countries that combines the data collected by the online bird recording portals operating in Europe to describe the large scale spatiotemporal patterns of bird distributions and their changes over time.

Online bird portals obtain year-round data from the intensive and widespread activities of birdwatchers. However, data is, essentially, collected using simple standardised protocols (complete lists) or no protocol at all (casual observations). Currently, the EBP mobilizes the data from 21 different systems, storing effort and contextual information from all data collected but individual records of only 137 species. The EBP central database repository receives nearly all these data from the local online portals automatically and on a daily basis, following the same common data standard and with updates up to the previous day. Moreover, thanks to the LIVE EBP viewer, all data collected by the project is nicely presented to the general public in the form of weekly animated maps spanning from January 2010 up to the current week.

The capacity of the EBP project to provide the most up to date information on the location of birds in time and space across Europe, has been successfully applied to provide support in such relevant issues as the surveillance of Avian Influenza in Europe. However, to make a more widespread use of the EBP capabilities, there are two key areas were a big step-forward is still needed. Having the capacity to collect and manage the data from all bird species occurring in Europe (>800), not just the current 137 ones, is one of the most critical ones. The other important limitation is the geographic coverage, which it is still too poor, in absolute terms or regarding the quality of the data collected, in some areas of Europe, particularly, the SE.

The main objective of this proposal, therefore, is to reinforce the EBP capabilities in order to allow it to contribute to the evidence required to inform the successful delivery of information for different elements of the EU biodiversity policy. Moreover, to be able to deliver the best possible outputs during the breeding season, it is also very important to align the EBP capabilities with those of the two other EBCC projects (the European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (EBBA2) and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS)), as the combination of the different datasets and know-how of these three projects will certainly increase the overall value of policy relevant outputs.

EBBA2 provides vital data for conservation by documenting changes in the breeding distribution of all European bird species.

PECBMS uses common birds as indicators of the general state of nature using large-scale and long-term monitoring data on changes in breeding populations across Europe.

Work Plan

The project work plan is composed of 13 different Work Packages (WP) which are grouped in five different key areas.

Work Packages