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European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 Distribution, Abundance and Change

Distribution Atlas New
By: Verena Keller(Author), Sergi Herrando(Author), Petr Voříšek(Author), Martí Rodríguez-Franch(Author), Marina Kipson(Author), Pietro Milanesi(Author), David Martí(Author), Marc Anton(Author), Alena Klvaňová(Author), Mikhail V Kalyakin(Author), Hans-Günther Bauer(Author), Ruud PB Foppen(Author)
967 pages, colour photos, 568 colour illustrations, 1357colour distribution maps, 11 tables
Publisher: Lynx Edicions
NHBS
More than 20 years after the publication of the first European Breeding Bird Atlas, this book is the most up-to-date source of information on distribution, abundance and change of bird populations in Europe.
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  • European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 ISBN: 9788416728381 Hardback Dec 2020 In stock
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Determining properly where birds are in this changing world is of paramount importance for their conservation, and doing that at a continental scale is something that can be only achieved under a strong willingness of international cooperation. To do that, the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) is organised as a network of expert ornithologists that boost bird atlas work across Europe.

The first European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA1) published by the EBCC in 1997 was a milestone in European ornithology. The project of the second European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA2) was carried out by the EBCC network of partner organisations from 48 countries. In total, around 120,000 fieldworkers contributed data to the atlas, the great majority of them on a voluntary basis. As such this project constitutes one of the biggest citizen science projects on biodiversity ever. Data collection and analysis followed a rigorous scientific protocol, led by a team of researchers from ornithological institutes with many years of experience in atlas work.

The huge fieldwork effort resulted in unprecedented geographical coverage for a biodiversity atlas in Europe, including all areas up to the Ural Mountains and the Caspian Sea that were not well covered for EBBA1. These data were mainly collected for the period lasting from 2013 to 2017.

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 presents information on all species reported to breed in the study period and some with more uncertain breeding status. A total of 556 species are treated with a full species account including maps, text and an illustration; information on 69 very rare or irregularly breeding species is presented in an Appendix. Full species accounts include distribution maps at a resolution of 50×50 km (usually showing abundance data), modelled distribution maps with a resolution of 10×10 km (for 224 breeding birds) and change maps documenting changes in distribution since the first atlas.

Original artwork illustrates all species with a full account. Illustrations were provided by 45 artists from 18 countries, with different styles and techniques, reflecting European diversity.

This book represents the most up-to-date source of information on bird distribution and change in Europe, and a great contribution to the global aim of understanding biodiversity to ensure its conservation.

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  • Stupendous must-have for any serious Birder
    By Roderick 15 Feb 2021 Written for Hardback
    Weighing in at over 5 kilos EBBA2 is stupendous at every level, a spectacular achievement ranging from a continental overview of a crucial element of our environment to the best guide to where to find breeding birds. The big change since EBBA1, published in 1997, is the near-complete coverage of Eastern Europe and European Russia, and the inclusion of Turkey. EBBA2’s continent extends to the Urals and the western shores of the Caspian, Europe’s Mediterranean shores in the south and to the arctic archipelagos and Iceland, but not Greenland. It includes 596 breeding bird species and 556 full species accounts. Most have density and/or level of breeding proof maps and a change between EBBA’s 1 and 2. Many also include a sophisticated new model map aimed at showing the probability of occurrence.
    I found the density maps, in shades of brown, hard to read. In contrast, in primary red and blue, the change maps although at smaller scale work well.

    At the continental level, two big findings jumped out at me. Firstly, the big increase in species counts for the Arctic (+29), Alpine (+23) and Boreal (+9) zones with a small decrease for the Mediterranean (-3), surely strong evidence of the changing climate. Secondly, the stark contrast between birds listed in European Directives, which are doing well, and the broader list of Species of European Conservation Concern, which are doing almost equally badly. It seems to be a continent-wide confirmation of the UK situation where species that have received special attention are generally doing well, whilst widespread species, other than generalists, continue to decline.

    Zooming in on species accounts, it’s fascinating to see what’s happening in the bits one knows – and to check one’s own experience against what the 50 km square scale maps show. It is equally engrossing to see what is happening across the range of familiar and not so familiar species – and in my case to start to get my head round the huge changes in taxonomic order of the last few years, and even some new and splitting and lumping, just one Redpoll but several Chiffchaffs and a confusion of Grey Shrikes. For UK listers the top right-hand corner brings in the breeding range of a surprising number of sought after Siberian vagrants. And at the very most practical level, I’m already scanning the maps for missing species – I really must see Middle Spotted Woodpecker as soon as we are freed! At the price of a single on Eurotunnel (£84.99 + p&p) it’s a must-have for any continental birder, even if you may need to buy Range Rover to cart it about!
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Distribution Atlas New
By: Verena Keller(Author), Sergi Herrando(Author), Petr Voříšek(Author), Martí Rodríguez-Franch(Author), Marina Kipson(Author), Pietro Milanesi(Author), David Martí(Author), Marc Anton(Author), Alena Klvaňová(Author), Mikhail V Kalyakin(Author), Hans-Günther Bauer(Author), Ruud PB Foppen(Author)
967 pages, colour photos, 568 colour illustrations, 1357colour distribution maps, 11 tables
Publisher: Lynx Edicions
NHBS
More than 20 years after the publication of the first European Breeding Bird Atlas, this book is the most up-to-date source of information on distribution, abundance and change of bird populations in Europe.
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