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Reference portal for reporting under Article 12 of the Birds Directive

This reference portal contains reference documents related to the information provided in the Article 12 report formats of the Birds Directive for the period 2013-2018.


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Format and guidelines for the period 2013-2018

Report format Article 12 (doc)

Explanatory notes and guidelines

Frequently asked questions (available here) provide some specific additional guidance related to the questions from Member States.

Reference material for reports

The report format includes several fields with standardised data, which are also mentioned in the Explanatory notes and guidelines. This material is provided below:

Checklists for bird species

List of species with international or multilateral plans

Reporting trend magnitudes

Lists of pressures and threats and of conservation measures with specific guidance on use of distinct pressure and measure codes

The spatial grids for the habitats and species distribution


The lists of codes to be used for the structured information in the report formats (reporting tool and xml schemas) are available via EEA Data Dictionaries webpage.

Reporting tools and data specifications

Reporting tool

Technical documents related to reporting datasets

Good practice examples