The annual reports on the project

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 1.

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 2.

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 3.

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 4.

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 5.

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 6.

"The Fauna and Abundance of European Russia Birds", issue 7.



Breeding bird atlas of European Russia

Lead organisations: The Zoological Museum of Moscow Lomonosov State University and
the European Bird Census Council (EBCC)
Project partners: Swiss Ornithological Institute, Catalan Ornithological Institute, Czech Society for Ornithology, BirdsRussia
Project aims: To map the distribution of all species of breeding bird across the 1800 50 × 50 km grid squares in European Russia, using data from 2005 to 2017
Project outputs: Accurate mapping of Russian birds in the 2nd European Breeding Bird Atlas, and a groundbreaking Atlas of Breeding Birds of European Russia

Why do we need an atlas of breeding birds of Russia?

European Russia forms 40% of the area of the European continent. The first European Breeding Bird Atlas was unable to extend to accurate mapping of breeding birds across European Russia, thus leaving a huge and important gap in knowledge for education, scientific research and conservation action at a continental scale. Data on Russia’s birds will vastly increase our understanding the patterns of distribution and abundance of all European breeding bird species.

The new Russian Atlas is supported by the EBCC and its partners, and the participation of hundreds of Russian observers, with more expected to contribute from abroad. Using new analytical approaches maps of range and relative abundance will be created for over 410 species, allowing the first robust assessment of the status of birds in Russia, many of which are of global significance. In addition the Atlas will build capacity for conservation and monitoring in Russia. And we believe that it will come true!

Atlas methods

Targeted surveys will be carried out in preselected 50 × 50 km squares following set protocols to ensure efficient coverage of the maximum number of squares.

All published and unpublished resources of data on breeding birds of European Russia for 2005–2017 will be incorporated.

Once fieldwork is complete sophisticated and cutting-edge statistical analyses will enable maps to be created for species ranges throughout European Russia; a huge area, making this an exciting and ambitious project.

 The project is already supported by:

Swiss Ornithological Institute;

MAVA Foundation in Switzerland;

BirdsRussia;

NABU;

Catalan Ornithological Institute;

Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow;

Swedish colleagues – Ulf Ottosson, Richard Ottvall, Johan Elmberg, Martin Green, Rolf Gustafsson, Fredrik Haas, Niklas Holmqvist, Åke Lindström, Leif Nilsson, Mikael Svensson, Sören Svensson and Martin Tjernberg;

Catalan colleagues – Sergi Herrando, Lluis Brotons, Joan Estrada and Marc Anton.

 How you can help:

  • By volunteering to carry out fieldwork.
  • By making a financial contribution towards costs, such as fieldwork expenses, the Atlas Secretariat and the creation and operation of the Atlas website.
  • The contributions of participants and sponsors will be mentioned in promotional material, the website, and the final Atlas.

To send your contribution, you may use the following Yandex-Money account: 410011853158479

Please indicate your name and the name of the project that you intend to support!






Square of European part of Russia

~ 3,960,000 km², ~ 40% of Europe area 









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