Close to 700 000 waterbirds counted during the IWC in Bulgaria


The preliminary results of the 41st International Waterbird Count (IWC) in Bulgaria that took place between 13th and 15th January revealed one of the highest numbers recorded in the recent decade. The counts show 400 000 Greater Whitefronts and 44 000 of the globally threatened Red-breasted Goose. The last such congregation of wintering geese has been found in January 2013 when the record number of 54 000 Redbreasts were counted in Dobrudzha – almost the entire global population.  Right now almost 80% of the data has been processed with registered 686 762...

BSPB took part in the AEWA International field mission to Kazakhstan


From September 24 to October 7 this year, foreign experts from around Europe took part in a field mission in Kazakhstan under the auspices of AEWA Secretariat, which aimed to assess the populations of migratory geese during autumn in Kazakhstan. Among the targeted species were Lesser White-fronted Goose and Red-breasted Goose. The BSPB took part in the international team with Dr. Nikolai Petkov, coordinator of the AEWA International Working Group for the Red-breasted Goose. Participation in the expedition took experts from Finland, Hungary and the UK, helping the...

Conservation of Globally Threatened Geese under AEWA


Bonn, 12 November 2015 - At a side event, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat presented results of their conservation work for the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Red-breasted Goose. To ensure their survival, both species have been the focus of EU LIFE+ projects in selected countries, and International Single Species Action Plans have been adopted by the AEWA Parties and AEWA International Species Working Groups have been established to coordinate conservation actions across their flyways....


A Redbreast called Brent ended its life in Kazakhstan


The story of this Redbreast started in February 2014 when the BSPB field team of the “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” saved the bird from a private home from NE Bulgaria in Kavarna. The bird was with cut off flight feathers so it was transported into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre managed by Green Balkans in the town of Stara Zagora. The bird stayed there for a year and had its feathers back in proper state to be released. The bird has been released in February 2015 by Green Balkans in the area of Durankulak Lake and was fitted with satellite GPS transmitter...

Film "Hope for the Red-breasted Goose"


Тhe film created within the LIFE+ project “Save Grounds for Redbreasts“ is ready. Thanks to it you can enjoy the beauty of this rare species and find answers of these questions: • Is the Red-breasted Goose as endangered as the tiger and the Giant panda? • Is it true that almost the entire world population of the species winters in Bulgaria and Romania? • What makes it so rare species, which are the main threats to the Red-breasted goose? • How we can save the species, how the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and its...