EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Catalan Ornithological Institute
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
Museu de Ciencies Naturals de la Ciutadella passeig Picaso s/n Barcelona E-08003
2a. Country:  
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Catalonia
A country  
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats All
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
The activity of the Catalan Ornithological Institute is focused on monitoring bird populations across Catalonia to contribute to the knowledge of bird status and hence to generate conservation guidelines both for birds and their habitats. This work is based on a series of monitoring schemes mainly done by volunteer ornithologists. Ringing schemes have had a great importance for us since the beginning of our activity, and long-term constant effort site schemes are firmly established in Catalonia. From the mid-nineties onwards, schemes based on direct observation were also strongly promoted such as bird atlases, common bird monitoring projects, raptor migration monitoring, etc.
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
European Bird Census Council, SEO/BirdLife, European Union for Bird Ringing (Euring), Istituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvativa
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
14b. Internet address of report(s): and
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 23 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 70 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 7 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
11-20 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
Depending on the specific project, basically: 1)species id., age, sex, weight, fat, biometry, moult data, etc. for ringing data 2)Transect census method for Common bird censuses 3)Presence/absence data and transect census method for atlas projects 4)Point censuses for raptor migration projects
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
21. If no, please explain why
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
1) Love for birds and nature in general 2) Cooperative work. The join of individual efforts to reach the objectives of the monitoring projects 3) Interest for scientific knowledge 4) Commitment to bird and nature conservation
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
Training is very important for us. Courses from different levels and subjects (e.g. introduction to ornithology, introduction to ringing, identification of bird species by their songs and calls, etc.). Given our special interest in the coverage of the whole Catalonia, both from scientific and social perspectives, these courses are carried out in different areas in different years, mainly in natural parks but also in other areas.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
A difficult question, some aspects could be validated, others probably not. Sometimes professional staff qualitatively calibrates volunteer skills by working in parallel. In other cases, published data such as the Catalan Breeding Bird Atlas may help to detect field identification mistakes of new volunteers. In ringing data, for example, recaptured individuals provide a suitable basis to detect incongruence in sex or age data. We are currently working in a software to quantitatively test observers ability in song identification once a year, which may provide an excellent data to be used as covariates in some trend analyses.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Additional comments:
Our main monitoring projects currently underway are: Catalan Constan Effort Site Schemes (SYLVIA and MIGRACIO) Catalan Common Bird Survey (SOCC) Catalan Winter Bird Atlas 2006-2009 Catalan Raptor Migration Scheme (PERNIS)

 Contract number: 006463