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    The Atlas of nesting birds from Portugal makes an inventory of 235 breeding species, from which 221 are native, and, among these, 205 with regular nesting activity. It covers a period from 1999 to 2005. The project "Atlas of the Birds that Nest in Portugal" aimed to know the current distribution of breeding species in Mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores and to characterize abundance, when possible, of national populations of these species, during the period of 1999 to 2005. This dataset comprised two layers of information: Directed Census - Distribution data for bird species targeted by directed census, except Aquila adalberti, Aegypius monachus and Pterocles alchata whose location is confidential (includes marginal 10x10 km UTM squares); Other species - distribution data for the remaining species (does not include UTM 10x10 km marginal grids). The project involved the participation of ca. 500 volunteers, more than a dozen professional employees and various work teams in the organization. It is the result of a fundamental partnership with three other entities, namely the SPEA - Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (a non-governmental association that works for the conservation of birds and their habitats in Portugal and which brings together numerous members interested in this faunal group); the Natural Park of Madeira (PNM) and the Regional Directorate for the Environment of the Azores (DRA), entities responsible for the conservation of wild birds in the autonomous regions.