EBCC Board and EBBA2 Steering Comittee organized a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. The meeting took place in hotel Druzhba in Kyiv, between 16 and 17 April, 2015. On 16 and 17 April the agenda of EBBA2 development as well as EBCC business were discussed.
Ukraine had been chosen for the meeting as it is one of the target countries for the EBCC in their efforts to boost the atlas work in countries that are in need. The two day meeting was followed by a field training prepared in the cooperation with the Ukrainian Society for Protection of Birds (USPB) and Ukrainian orgnithologists from the country’s regions. The aim of the training was to provide the Ukrainian fieldworkers with guidelines how to apply the EBBA2 methodology when collecting data in the field. We used an approach ‚learning by doing’.
On Saturday, 18 April, 11 Ukrainian ornithologists and all EBCC participants travelled 120 km north of Kyiv, to the Mizhrichynskyi Regional Lanscape Park. The whole company was divided into 4 groups and then set off to 4 different routes. Each group spent two hours walking along about 3 kilometers long transects, recorded a full list of species incl. Atlas breeding codes.
Special data forms had been prepared in advance and after the survey, all groups filled the forms with the data they had collected. On Saturday evening we held a very important and fruitful discussion about the EBBA2 project and how to organize work at national level in a country with very difficult conditions. Mikhail Kalyakin, the Russian Atlas coordinator, gave a very helpful presentation about the atlas work in Russia and helped the Ukrainian ornithologists clarify their specific needs and problems. We spent Sunday morning in the Holosiyvskyi Landscape Park in Kyiv, doing the same activities.
During both trips many details were discussed and many issues were clarified. We strongly believe that we have managed to boost the atlas work in Ukraine and that the our Ukrainian collegues will be able to deliver high quality data for the European Atlas. Such trainings and face to face meetings appear to be very beneficial for local fieldworkers, national atlas coordinators and the EBBA2 coordination team.
Martin Kupka, EBBA2 communication and network officer