Montenegro is a new member of the network of European countries within the framework of monitoring and tracking the abundance of common bird species

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The Center for the Protection and Study of Birds of Montenegro has taken the first step in order for Montenegro to become part of a large network of European countries within the framework of monitoring and monitoring the abundance of common bird species, which will significantly contribute to monitoring trends and conditions in the environment in this country, through birds as one of the most important and relevant indicators.

PECBMS (Pan – European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme) is a project started in 2002 as a joint initiative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) and BirdLife International. The main goal of this project is to use common bird species as an indicator of the state of the environment through long-term data collection, which will enable the monitoring of changes in their populations, and therefore in the environment. A large decline in the abundance of certain frequent bird species has been observed for years, and it has been observed that the species that inhabit agricultural habitats have the greatest negative trend. Such conclusions are made possible by data collected continuously for over 40 years and for 168 species of birds.

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Although some countries in Europe have had insight into the number of common species and their trends for decades, which has enabled them to take more concrete actions aimed at protecting nature and implementing more sustainable practices, Montenegro has been developing a monitoring scheme through the pilot season this year and is trying to stand side by side with 30 countries, how many are active in this program.

Their ornithologists successfully conducted the first series of monitoring in the nesting season, at 15 different locations in the country and at 30 different transects, which they will visit again in the second part of the season starting from May 15 to June 15.

In this way, the condition is achieved that within a few years, Montenegro will also get a more complete picture of the biggest threats that endanger the abundance of its ornithofauna and thus prevent the loss of habitats and species.

Source: CZIP

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