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This factsheet focuses on the assessment of RDP impacts on soil organic carbon content and erosion in the Czech Republic.

in 2017, monitoring of 16 selected qualifying bird species was carried out at Natura 2000 sites for birds (SPA). Some of them, especially species of mosaical farmland or extensively managed wet meadows, are on the brink of extinction in Slovenia, e.g. Eurasian Curlew, Lesser Grey Shrike and Ortolan Bunting. The only two farmland species with increase are the White Stork, which extended its range towards western and southern Slovenia, and the Lesser Grey Shrike at Vipava valley.

In the monitoring scheme for the determination of Slovene Farmland Bird Index we survey 113 plots which are distributed across the farmland in the whole of Slovenia. We surveyed 92 plots in 2017. The composite index of 29 indicator species of farmland birds was for the year 2017 76,1 which is 0.9% more than in 2016. The composite index of the meadow species was in 2017 64,7 which is 2.1% more than in 2016. The trend of Slovene Farmland Bird Index is moderate decline for the period 20082017. The index of meadow species has the same trend. The population trends of 15 out of 29 species are in decline and 10 out of 29 are stable or in increase. The current interannual increase doesn't necessarily mean the turn of the trend yet. 

In the monitoring scheme for the determination of Slovene Farmland Bird Index we survey 113 plots which are distributed across the farmland in the whole of Slovenia. We surveyed 92 plots in 2017. The composite index of 29 indicator species of farmland birds was for the year 2017 76,1 which is 0.9% more than in 2016. The composite index of the meadow species was in 2017 64,7 which is 2.1% more than in 2016. The trend of Slovene Farmland Bird Index is moderate decline for the period 20082017. The index of meadow species has the same trend. The population trends of 15 out of 29 species are in decline and 10 out of 29 are stable or in increase. The current interannual increase doesn't necessarily mean the turn of the trend yet. 

The approach used in this work is to use computer models of pollutant emissions from agricultural land and the effect of changes in land management to provide a complementary intermediate between result and impact indicators by forecasting the potential long-term impact of GLAS management interventions in advance of long-term environmental monitoring for impact detection. Computer models are used to quantify the proportion of the baseline total pollutant load that is managed by farms in scheme, that part which is potentially controllable by the selected management interventions, and the likely reduction in load on the assumption of best practice.

For the purpose of computing this indicator, activity on field data collection on common bird species in agricultural habitats was undertaken.

The project consists of the following elements:

a) Implementation of field counting of birds

b) the entry of field data in the database of "Monitoring of Common Birds of Agricultural Habitats in Croatia"

c) drawing up a report on the results of the counting of common bird species for 2016.

The purpose of this activity was to assess the availability of data for common context indicators from 31 to 45 and to evaluate weaknesses and disadvantages in data collection.

The Contractor has identified and suggested the appropriate steps to be taken to ensure future data availability.

The contracted service encompassed the calculation of the Farmland bird Index, i.e. the index of ‘common’ birds occurring in farmlands across Croatia. The Farmland Bird Index (FBI) is one of the major baseline indicators measuring and assessing the influence of agricultural policies and practices on both natural habitats and species in the EU. For the first time the FBI has been calculated for the Republic of Croatia and the year 2015 has been set as the reference year in which the FBI has by default been set to the value of 100.

For the purpose of computing this indicator, field data collection activity has been undertaken on common bird species in agricultural habitats.

The project consists of the following elements:

a) Implementation of field counting of birds

b) the entry of field data in the database of "Monitoring of Common Birds of Agricultural Habitats in Croatia"

c) drawing up a Report on the Results of Counting Common Birds for 2017.

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