Common Bird Monitoring
Common Bird Monitoring
What do the birds around us tell us?
The birds around us are a clear indicator for the state of the environment that we live in. It is up to us to pay attention and to do our bid for preserving nature according to the messages they send us.
Why are birds a reliable indicator for the state of the environment?
How can I contribute?
We rely on people like you so that we can cover the great diversity of habitats and species in the country. You simply need to choose a site and visit it twice a year – once in May and once in June. In case you have trouble identifying the species of birds, you can enlist in the free practical identification courses that are organized by the BSPB.
The regular count of the birds around us is very important for the monitoring of changes in their status.
What is the name of the initiative?
Let’s count the birds around us, or Common birds monitoring.
The initiative is a count and recording of all the birds a participant has observed in their chosen site. The recorded observations are analyzed and are used as an indicator for the state of biodiversity in Bulgaria. The results also help the sustainability assessment of land management policies in Bulgaria and in Europe.
The count of the birds around us is an initiative that is organized across Europe. By participating you become a part of the community of volunteers from all over Europe that go out each spring to count birds. In Bulgaria the monitoring programme was launched in 2004 for the entire territory of the country.
What are the collected data used for?
Based on the collected data and their analysis measures are taken for managing our immediate environment in order to improve the living conditions not only for birds but for all animals, as well as for humans. Thus, through the preservation of the environment for birds, we care for our own environment.
What do I have to do to join the common bird monitoring?
you can learn more about the initiative at Participation | Common birds monitoring (bspb.org)
Why should I count the birds around us?
Benefits from your participation in the initiative:
you can see for yourself the effect of the taken nature conservation actions.
Results of the initiative
assessments of bird trends in Europe (in English, with contribution from Bulgaria) based on species and on geographical region