EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds

Occurrence dataset published by European Bird Census Council (EBCC)

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EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds


In 1997 the EBCC Atlas of European breeding birds, also referred to as European Ornithological Atlas or 'EOA', was published. This voluminous book was the result of more than 25 years of fieldwork, cooperation, data gathering, data processing, writing and editing. Next to a beautiful book the data in the maps provides countless possibilities fur further studies on the distribution of the European breeding birds.

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1972 - Dec 31, 1995

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Michael Blair
EBCC United Kingdom
Metadata author
Willy-Bas Loos
SOVON Dutch Center for Field Ornithology Toernooiveld 1 6525 ED Nijmegen +31 247410410
Administrative contact
Willy-Bas Loos
SOVON Toernooiveld 1 6525 ED Nijmegen Gelderland Netherlands +31247410410


Published by

European Bird Census Council (EBCC)

Publication Date

Jan 14, 2016

Registration Date

Dec 18, 2015

Hosted by

Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (Sovon)

Served by

Sovon IPT


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Metadata Documents

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For defining the area of intended coverage, this atlas uses the base map of "Atlas Florae Europaeae" (Jalas & Suominen 1972, 1988) except that it includes Novaya Zembla, Franz Josef Land, all the Gree… more


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Other Contacts

Ward Hagemeyer
EBCC Netherlands
Ruud Foppen
EBCC P.O. Box 6521 6503 GA Nijmegen

Taxonomic Coverage

All birds

Aves (Birds)


Study extent

Europe, 1972-1995. Data collection periods vary per country but all lie in the mentioned period. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, hours of fieldwork are the basis of this Atlas.

Sampling description

In some countries, fieldwork for this Atlas and their national atlas was combined; in others data from an independent national atlas project were used to provide dfata for this Atlas. Methods used in the field ranged from single visits to systematic surveys based on point- or line-transects or territory mapping on plots.

Quality control

It was planned that Atlas fieldwork should take place during 1985-1988. Nations organized their own fieldwork, however, and because of practical difficulties could not all meet that timescale. Where coverage was incomplete for the survey period, earlier or later data were evaluated to determine whether coverage or quality could be improved by including them.

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E J M Hagemeijer and M J Blair (Editors). 1997. The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds: Their Distribution and Abundance. T & A D Poyser, London.