© Svetoslav Spasov/BSPB

For the first time, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has published data from the profile of a Bulgarian non-governmental organization, namely, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).

The dataset contains data (87,747 records) published in the first-ever Atlas of Breeding Birds in Bulgaria which was developed and published by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. The atlas contains the most complete information about the bird fauna of the country. It was done on the standard for Europe methodology and covers all the 1,240 10×10 km UTM squares on the territory of Bulgaria for the period 1996-2005.

The Atlas is a scientific basis for the identification of Important Bird Areas in Bulgaria (respectively the Special Protection Areas under the EU Birds Directive), for developing the new edition of the Bulgarian Red Data Book (published in 2011), for future monitoring the status of the national bird populations, as well as for successful conservation.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

The publication of all data from the Monitoring of Common Bird Species, as well as data from the Mid-winter Waterbird Counts, collected with the SmartBirds platform, is forthcoming.

We express our gratitude to the Habitat Foundation for the financial support through the project “The Biodiversity of the Balkans in GBIF,” and to Sylza Palpurina from GBIF’S ECA regional support team for the assistance in uploading the data to the ECA cloud IPT.