Midwinter Waterfowl Census

The Midwinter Waterfowl Census has been conducted in almost all European states since 1967 under the coordination of Wetlands International. The census is aimed at determining the numbers of the European populations of waterfowl, as well as at assessing the state of the wetlands where they spend the winter. Such monitoring schemes contribute to the monitoring of general changes of the environment, as well as of their impact on humans and biodiversity alike.

The BSPB has been coordinating the Midwinter Waterfowl Census in Bulgaria since 1990 with support from the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), nature conservation non-governmental organizations, the Executive Forests Agency, BAS and volunteers. The census is carried out every year in the beginning of January and includes the main wintering sites for waterfowl along the Danube River and the Black Sea Coast together with inland water bodies – a total of 200 sites.


How can I participate?

  • Contact the BSPB coordinator of the initiative at Monitoring [@] bspb [.] org