EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
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Monitoring scheme
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Date typed in:  2006-09-05 12:36:16
Scheme name:  SEAPOP - Key sites for breeding seabirds
Institution: NINA - Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Coordinator: Tycho Anker-Nilssen
Main funding source: national
Geographical scope: national
Launched in response to: management/restoration
Countries monitored by the schemes:


Data availability:
Data management:
References:Annual report
Monitoring scheme: species  Scheme - species Show PDF 
S1. Scheme aims at monitoring:
population trend
S2. The main data you collect are:
counts (plant density estimates belong here)
S3. Do you collect information on population structure?
S4. Is your sampling design stratified?
S5. Do you follow an experimental design?
S6. How do you choose sites to be monitored ?
sampling sites chosen according to personnal/expert knowledge
S7. Your sampling design allow accounting for detection probability:
S8. Monitoring data are analysed by:
advanced statistics (spatial statistics/GIS, GLM, GAM, time series, etc)
S9. The minimum annual change you think you can statistically detect is:
S10. Are your sampling sites located in legally protected areas?
S11. The total area monitored by your scheme covers:
385199 km2
S12. At how many sampling sites your scheme is implemented?
S13. How many samples do you collect per sampling site?
S14. If you want, provide the name of the field methods used for sampling:
Monitoring of population numbers by counts of individuals or apparently occupied nests; Monitoring of reproductive performance (i.e. phenology, clutch size and/or hatching, fledging or breeding success); Monitoring of adult survival by capture-mark-recapture techniques (visual or traps); Monitoring of chick diets (visual or by handling adults/chicks). NOTE: Not all parameteres collected for all species.
S15. What is the frequency of monitoring?
every 1 year(s)
S16. How many times do you sample per year?
S17. How much time (in do you need for one sampling occasion?
S18. Starting year of scheme:
S19. Ending year of scheme:
* without answer
S20. Has your monitoring procedure changed during this time period?
No, apart some minor adjustments of the protocol
S21. Number of professionals involved in the scheme:
S22. Number of volunteers involved in the scheme:
S23. Is training / expert knowledge required to take part to field/lab work for your scheme?
S24. On the whole, what is the manpower (in needed per year to run the scheme (data collection, coordination, analysis)?
* without answer
S25. How much do you spend on material and equipment per year (in €)?
S26. Taxonomic groups monitored:
S27. How many species do you monitor:
S28. List species of Community interest monitored:
Alca torda
Alle alle
Fratercula arctica
Fulmarus glacialis
Larus argentatus
Larus canus
Larus hyperboreus
Larus marinus
Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Phalacrocorax carbo
Rissa tridactyla
Somateria mollissima
Stercorarius skua
Sterna hirundo
Sterna paradisaea
Uria aalge
Uria lomvia
S29. Any additional species
* without answer
S30. In what types of habitat do you monitor these species?
Marine habitats

Coastal and halophytic habitats
S31. Can you infer causes responsible for observed changes from monitoring data?
S32. The causes of change you monitor are:
* without answer
S33. Were some previous categories not appropriate for describing your monitoring scheme?
For three of the seven key-sites (Røst, Hornøya and Bear Island) some data series date back several decades. The first data were collected in 1960 and much of the monitoring of population trends and breeding performance was initiated in the 1980s. Monitoring of survival rates was first started in 1988-1990. Causes of change are explored by statistical analyses taking into account a variety of parallel environmental factors (biotic and abiotic) that are monitored by other schemes and institutions.
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