The 25th anniversary of the EU Birds directive has been celebrated during 2004 in many ways, and many web sites contain a wide spectrum of information. The latest occasion was a meeting in November in the Netherlands in Bergen op Zoom under the Dutch Presidency. The title of the meeting was 'REINFORCING OUR COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARDING EUROPES WILD BIRDS AND THEIR HABITATS'. The conclusions and results contain 10 common points of action for the future to strengthen the implementation and to carry the Bird Directive successfully into the new EU Member States. The NATURA2000 Newsletter issue 18 from October 2004 in its articles shows both the very positive signs for several threatened species, as well as the still very negative trends for many other species ( http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/info/pubs/natura2000nl_en.htm
). The NATURA2000 Barometer shows the status of the national contributions to the Birds directive in appointing SPA sites (Special Protection Areas) in June 2004 ( http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/barometer/index_en.htm
). Two major sources of information to consult are the web sites of the European Commission ( http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/birdsdirective/index_en.htm
)and of BirdLife International ( BirdLife International on the Birds Directive: http://www.birdlife.org/action/awareness/eu_birds_directive/
). A brochure on the SPA network was developed by EEA for the Commission (http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/brochure_2006_0306_102133/at_download/file ).