13th EOU Congress 2022

Giessen, Germany
March, 15, 2022

Forest Bird Symposium

photo: Jan Grünwald

Past and Current Drivers of Forest Bird Population Trends across Europe


Online symposium, 16th March 0900-1145 CET


Convenors: Jiří Reif1 & Johannes Kamp2

1 Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czechia

2 Conservation Biology Department, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Forest birds represent a major part of European avifauna containing many species highly specialized to different kinds of forest habitat, as well as generalist species colonizing isolated woody patches in urban areas or farmland. However, the drivers of population change of forest birds remain understudied, compared to other groups such as farmland birds. At the same time, there are indications that forest bird populations show divergent temporal trajectories in different European regions. These differences may result from following mechanisms: (i) approaches to forest management leading to variable increases in wood volume over the past 200 years, (ii) impacts of extreme events such as bark beetle outbreaks, windstorms or fires, which are all predicted to increase in the future (iii) velocity of gradual climatic changes such as temperature warming and rainfall redistribution. By inviting speakers from different European regions, this symposium aims to deepen our understanding to the processes involved in shaping the observed population changes of forest birds.


If you are interested in participating, please register by sending an empty e-mail with the subject “EOU forest bird symposium” to Ms Andrea Lambertz ([email protected]) by 08 March. You will then receive a Zoom link for the symposium at least a day before the event.


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