The requested extension of the hunting season can lead to serious damage to the population of globally threatened species such as the Red-breasted Goose


Yet another proposal to extend the hunting season was tabled in the 43rd National Assembly. Proposed amendment to the Hunting and Game Protection proposes to extend the season for hunting of wild ducks and geese by one month - until 28 February. The BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria and BBF sent their opinions to the institutions concerned in expressing their dismay and remit scientific data and arguments in favor of keeping the current length of the hunting season. Request tabled in Parliament is based on two main arguments - a) that the in neighboring countries of...

Consecutive violations in the project area - shooting at Red-breasted geese and use of illegal baits


Another violations were found out during January, which is one of the most active months for hunting waterfowls. Some of the most drastic were identified during the International Waterbird Census on 17-18th Januray. The joint patrol included representatives of the National Association of Hunters and Anglers, Hunting and Angling association – Shabla, and BSPB. During the census a hunter shot at a flock of Red-breasted Geese in the territory of the Natura 2000 area in front of the representative of the local hunting organization, who was forced to evict him....

For the 39th consecutive year Bulgaria will take part in the International Waterbird Census (IWC)


From 16 to 18 January the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds ( BSPB ) organizes a census of wintering waterbirds in the country. Over 100 volunteers and members of BSPB and participating partners will form more than 40 teams. They will visit all major reservoirs in the country. The International Waterbird Census (IWC) has run since 1967 and today covers over 25,000 sites in more than 100 countries coordinated internationally by Wetlands International. In each country national coordinators work with a network of professional and amateur counters to...

Cold wave from the north brings more geese in the area of the lakes showed the regular monitoring of the wintering birds


During the consecutive monitoring of the wintering birds, which was held on Saturday (3.01.2015) a significant increase in the amount of the Red-breasted Geese – 11 000 , was accounted for the first time this season. Among the other counted species were about 38 000 White-fronted Geese, 50 Greylag Geese and one Lesser White-fronted Goose. The last was observed later among a flock of feeding geese. Black colored goose, most likely a hybrid , was also noticed. Similar goose is observed in the region for the third consecutive year. Another interesting observation...

Results of the consecutive inspection of the joint patrols and the regular monitoring of the wintering birds


In the week before Christmas was held a consecutive inspection of the BSPB team and the local institutions responsible for the implementation of the hunting and conservation legislation in the area of Shabla Lake Complex and Durankulak Lake. In Orlovo blato (Eagles' Swamp), part of the special protected area "Durankulak Lake", representatives of the Regional Inspectorate of the Environment and Water – Varna drew 7 poachers’ nets with a total length of about 600 m from the lake . Representatives of the Executive agency for fisheries and aquaculture -...

A Colour Ringed Red-breasted Goose Links Together Two Life Projects in Bulgaria and Hungary


In early December the team of the Project “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” (LIFE 09/NAT/BG000230) coordinated by BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria got an interesting news. We were contacted by colleagues from Hungary that a colour ringed Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) was observed in a mixed grazing flock of Greater White-fronted Goose and Red-breasted Goose at the site called Nagy-szik, near Balmazújváros (Hortobágy National Park). The bird had a yellow plastic ring reading “ZZ” and it came out that it was a bird we marked during...