Mapping the distribution of all Austrian breeding birds in the years 2013 to 2018..
What is the Breeding bird atlas?
The Breeding bird atlas shows the areas of occurrence of all bird species breeding in Austria. It is a central groundwork for bird protection: in addition to the birds’ distributions, any change in a species’ distribution provides important information on whether the bird species is doing well in Austria. Following the publication of the first atlas of Austrian breeding birds, which presented data from 1981 to 1985, the aim is now to investigate what has changed since then. The field surveys took place in the years 2013 to 2018. During this period, about two million data sets were collected in 965 10x10 km grid cells ("quadrants") by around 1,800 individuals. The evaluation is currently underway, and publication of the results in book form is planned for early 2022. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism and the European Union within the framework of the Austrian Rural Development Programme 2014 to 2020.
Further information is available here
The field surveys have now been completed and participation is unfortunately no longer possible.
Tasks and roles in the project
- observers: In their free time they survey the birds according to the specified counting method. The current interim status of the mapping as well as preliminary "working maps" on the distribution of Austrian breeding birds can be viewed on the website ornitho.at.
- Quadrant allocation: Province-specific allocation of open quadrants to the respective observers, targeted addressing of people to close mapping gaps, distribution of mapping documents, first contact point for questions and problems
- Organisation ("Atlas Team"): Organisation of all work steps necessary for mapping, information and training of observers, organisation of methodological workshops for new observers, organisation of atlas conferences in poorly observed areas etc., data verification, carrying out of evaluation and publication
- Planning: Small committee of experts that carried out the basic preparatory work for the counting method - elaboration of different variants, discussion of advantages and disadvantages, etc.
- Methods group: wider panel of experts who discussed the different counting methods and proposed the final method to be used
- Steering group BirdLife: Advice on organisational issues concerning the mapping, especially regarding the regional situation in the individual federal states
- Project steering group: Complete project management
- Project advisory Board: Advisory body, composed of representatives of important stakeholders and with an advisory function for the steering group
If you have any further questions about project contents and collected data, please contact the project management.